Released dash-cam footage shows officer-involved shootings on I-15 that hit bystanders
(KUTV) -- Police released dash-camera video Wednesday from an officer-involved shooting that occurred along Interstate 15 in late December 2017 that also injured citizens not involved in the chase.
Arturo Ray Gallemore-Jimenez, the suspect in the officer-involved shooting, allegedly shot at Utah County officers on the night of Dec. 20. Police said Wednesday a stray bullet from an officer’s gun hit a passing car with six family members inside. Another bullet hit a bystander in the area.
Utah County Sheriff Sgt. Spencer Cannon said the ordeal began at a Nephi, Utah, gas station, where the 37-year-old suspect had asked people for money, and apparently locked the keys in his truck. He's accused of firing his first shot into his own vehicle.
Police were notified, and an attempt-to-locate call went out about the truck. They spotted Gallemore-Jimenez in Springville where he pulled over. The suspect then fired a gun at police three times before leading them on a slow-speed chase that lasted six miles.
"Before (officers) can determine the psychological state of this individual, he initiates gunfire," said Sheriff Jim Tracy with the Utah County Sheriff's Department, who went on to say his officers shot more than 50 rounds.
Sgt. Cannon said the suspect wore "body armor."
NOTE: Below is an edit of the dash-cam footage of a longer video released by the Utah County Sheriff's Office. Shown is the initial exchange of gunfire and then later gunfire that disabled the suspect's vehicle.
During the shooting exchange in Springville, Utah, a stray bullet from the officer’s gun hit a passing car with six family members inside. Another bullet hit a bystander in the area. The bystander, an adult male, was along the Interstate re-fueling his broken-down car before being struck, Sheriff Tracy told 2News on Wednesday. He was taken to the hospital and has since been released.
The Aurora Police Department in Colorado confirmed that Gallemore-Jimenez is a person of interest in a shooting that occurred the day prior to the officer-involved shooting in Utah on Dec. 20.
Aurora Police Officer Kenneth Forrest said on Dec. 19, at 2:11 a.m., officers responded to the residential area of the 900 block of South Crystal Way where they located an adult male who had been shot. The man was taken to a nearby hospital where he is expected to survive his injuries.
"We are determining if he was involved in the Aurora shooting," said Aurora Police Department Spokesperson Officer Kenneth Forrest. "The more serious charges are in Utah at this point, and it could be that Mr. Gallemore starts on that end first."
Gallemore-Jimenez remained hospitalized for a short time at Utah Valley Hospital before being booked into the Salt Lake County Adult Detention Center.
NOTE: Below is the full video obtained from police that includes harsh language and gun violence.