Motorcyclist chased after driver, shot him in Cedar City road rage case, police say

A motorcyclist was arrested Wednesday after police say he shot and critically injured a man during a road rage incident in Cedar City.

A motorcyclist was arrested Wednesday after police say he shot and critically injured a man during a road rage incident in Cedar City. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

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CEDAR CITY — Police say a motorcyclist was arrested Wednesday after shooting the driver of a car during a road rage incident.

Jason Bryan Stolworthy, 46, was booked into the Iron County Jail and formally charged on Thursday in 5th District Court with discharge of a firearm, a first-degree felony; aggravated assault resulting in serious injury and obstruction of justice, second-degree felonies; two counts of reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor; and reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor.

About 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, "it was reported that two males, one in a car and another on a motorcycle, were involved in an altercation in the area of Main Street and Center Street in Cedar City." Police say the two men were engaged in a fight and then drove off. Stolworthy, however, who was on the motorcycle, "was aggressively following other vehicle" after it drove away, according to a police booking affidavit.

A witness "observed the motorcycle weaving in and out of traffic. They stated at one point the motorcycle pulled in front of the car," according to the affidavit. Near the intersection of Fiddlers Canyon Drive and Main Street, the two men confronted each other again.

Investigators obtained cellphone video of part of the incident. The video shows the driver of the car getting out and walking toward Stolworthy.

"The driver of the motorcycle is seen pulling a gun out. Several gunshots are then heard," the arrest report states. "The driver of the car (was) shot in the upper chest."

The man, whose name was not released, was take by medical helicopter to St. George Regional Hospital in critical condition. At least one of the bullets also "struck a car that was driving by that had two occupants in it," the affidavit says. No one in that car was injured.

Police say Stolworthy was found at a residence not far from the shooting scene, attempting to load his motorcycle into the back of a truck.

"When (Stolworthy) saw the officer, he put his hands on his head and started walking toward him. A black handgun was located on the driveway. The gun appeared to be missing its magazine. (Stolworthy) had fresh blood on his face," according to the affidavit.

Information about how the first fight between the two men started has not been released. Cedar City police say their investigation into the incident is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call them at 435-586-2955.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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