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Man Shot by Police was Wanted in Nevada

Man Shot by Police was Wanted in Nevada

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- A man shot to death by police after they stopped his car to arrest his passenger on warrants was himself wanted in Nevada, police said.

The man killed Thursday was identified Monday as Jewel K. Bess, 34, of St. George.

St. George police spokesman Craig Harding said Bess was wanted in Mesquite, Nev., on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, trafficking a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers had stopped Bess' car to arrest his passenger, Brandon T. Whitbeck, 19.

Whitbeck remained in the car but Bess fled on foot. Police said he pointed a gun at the pursuing officers and one, whose name has not been released, shot him in the torso more than once.

Whitbeck was arrested on two warrants and on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave, as is protocol, pending investigation.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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