Man Critical After Being Shot by Police Following Chase

Man Critical After Being Shot by Police Following Chase

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- A Cedar City man was in critical condition Monday after being shot by officers following a chase that began when the man allegedly fired at an off-duty highway patrolman.

David Lynn Williams, 49, was taken to Valley View Medical Center and then flown to LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, where a nursing supervisor said he remained in critical condition Monday.

The Iron County Attorney's Office said the incident began at 12:15 p.m. Sunday when a gunman fired at the trooper as he and his family were leaving an auto-parts store in Cedar City.

The trooper, who was not in uniform but had driven his patrol car to the store, ducked behind his cruiser while his wife and daughter took refuge in the store, patrol Maj. Neil Porter said.

"We have no idea what the motivation of this suspect was and why he took on our officer," highway patrol Capt. Keith Squires told KSL Radio.

The gunman's car was spotted on Interstate 15 and was pursued by a Cedar City police officer and two highway patrol troopers.

Squires said the car was stopped on I-15 about three miles north of Cedar City. Investigators said the man got out of his car and pointed a gun at the officers.

County Attorney Scott Garrett said six rounds were fired at the man. The highway patrol said the man was hit once, in the head, by a shot fired by a trooper.

(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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