Drug Agents Arrest Man Suspected of Selling Gun in Police Shooting

Drug Agents Arrest Man Suspected of Selling Gun in Police Shooting


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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Prosecutors have filed federal drug charges against a Utah man suspected of providing the gun used in the killing of a West Jordan police officer.

Eighteen-year-old Michael V. Sathaphan was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. He is scheduled for an initial court appearance today.

The drugs were seized in a raid January 29th. Police claim they found the drugs along with drug paraphernalia, cash and guns.

Authorities say when they interrogated Sathaphan, he acknowledged selling a nine millimeter handgun to Tyler Atwood late last year. Atwood is suspected of giving that gun to Justin Van Roekel -- who used it to shoot and kill West Jordan police officer Ronald Wood on November 18th.

Van Roekel killed himself as police closed in on him.

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

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