Fugitive Parolee Critically Wounded

Fugitive Parolee Critically Wounded

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(Ogden-AP) -- A parole fugitive was critically wounded in Ogden by an acquaintance who said the man tried to pull a gun on him.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jason Valdez was in critical condition at the University of Utah Hospital after being shot in the throat at 4:21 a.m. yesterday.

Police Detective Jim Gent said Valdez went to the acquaintance's home and demanded his car. The couple living in the home had stored some of Valdez's belongings, including his car, when they lived in another home several months earlier, Gent said.

Since Valdez had not picked up his car when the couple moved, the landlord had the vehicle towed about two months ago.

When the acquaintance went to talk to him, Valdez purportedly pulled out his gun and the other man pulled the gun from his waistband and shot Valdez in the throat.

The acquaintance and his girlfriend were interviewed by police and released.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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