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Police: Driver draws gun in 'self-defense' after multivehicle crash causes fight

A fight took place and a gun was drawn following a four-car crash in Roy on Wednesday.

A fight took place and a gun was drawn following a four-car crash in Roy on Wednesday. (Geoff Liesik, KSL-TV)


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ROY — Police say a driver pulled a gun out on a busy street in Roy on Wednesday after a chain-reaction crash led to a fight between drivers.

Just before 2 p.m. officers responded to a crash involving four cars at 5400 South and 1900 West, Roy police spokesman Stuart Hackworth said.

A truck slammed into the back of another vehicle and started a chain reaction crash, with a total of four cars involved.

While police responded, witnesses told them a man wielded a gun and a physical fight took place.

The driver of the truck said after the crash, he went running out to see if everybody was OK. Then two men from the vehicle he hit got out and started beating him up, he said. The driver spoke to KSL on condition of anonymity.

The driver of the truck then pulled out his gun, according to police.

"The person that caused the incident was conceal carrying a pistol and produced that pistol at the side of their leg and basically telling the person to back off," said Roy Police Sgt. Andrew Harper. "Sounds like he was acting in self-defense."

Harper said drivers need to control their tempers out on the roadways.

"In these situations, it can be tough to stay calm, but take a deep breath until police get there," he said.

Two people from the other two cars involved in the crash were transported to the hospital with injuries from the crash.

There were no injuries from the fight and no shots were fired, according to Hackworth.

No arrests have been made and no charges have been issued, but police say the investigation is still continuing with more interviews that have to take place.

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