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Woman accused of helping Riverton shooter avoid police was arrested in Ivins

Suspect in the Riverton shooting in custody after police chase in Spanish Fork (Police photo)

UPDATE: A woman accused of helping Justin Llewelyn avoid police was arrested in Ivins Monday afternoon.

Keria Jessica Hartley-Johnson, 35-yrs-old, assisted Justin Llewlyn, the Riverton shooter, in avoiding police capture.

After a warrant was issued for Johnson, police arrested her in Ivins, Utah.


(KUTV)- A police chase reaching 80 miles per hour near Main St. and 800 N in Spanish Fork turned into a pit maneuver to catch the suspect in the Riverton shooting.

Salt Lake City police confirm Justin Llewelyn, the suspect in the Riverton shooting, is in custody.

Video of high-speed police chase courtesy of Bodie Ericksen from Spanish Fork, Utah.


According to police, Llewelyn was located by Unified Police Department detectives in a vehicle leaving a park in Provo. A pursuit was initiated with assistance from Utah County Sheriff Deputies.

"After a pursuit intervention technique was employed, Llewelyn was safely taken into custody" a tweet by UPD Media News said.

According to Sgt. Spencer Cannon, a deputy was injured during the pursuit in Spanish Fork.

In another tweet by Cannon, he states the deputy crashed with the suspect, Liewlyn, during the pursuit. The deputy "has at least an arm injury" Cannon said, but the exact injuries are unknown. The suspect is being treated for injuries too, information on his condition has not been confirmed. According to Cannon, neither injury is life threatening though.

According to Unified Police, Justin Llewlyn shot another man and stole his car around 6 a.m. in Riverton near 4900 W 13500 South on Saturday.

When officers found Llewlyn, he shot at them. Police returned fire, but a Unified Police tweet said neither the suspect nor the officers were hit by the gunfire.

The suspect fled in the Nissan Murano that was stolen from the original shooting victim.

Police later located that vehicle near Ashland Ridge and Emmeline Drive. It is unknown if the suspect ran away or stole another car and fled the area.

The victim who was shot is reported to be in critical condition at a local hospital.


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