Vernal man charged with attempted murder

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VERNAL, Utah (AP) -- A Vernal man who allegedly shot a police officer has been charged with two first-degree felony counts of attempted aggravated murder.

Jesus Martinez also was charged Wednesday with four third-degree felony counts of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury to another and three other felonies.

Police have said the 24-year-old was hiding and looking in the windows of the home of his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend on Saturday.

Officer Dustin Gray responded and saw Martinez, who allegedly fired four shots at Gray, hitting him once.

The bullet passed through Gray's left leg without hitting any major arteries.

Police allege Martinez then fired several more shots into the basement window of the home and attacked the boyfriend.

A message left by The Associated Press for Martinez's attorney, Lance Dean, was not immediately returned Thursday.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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