- Associated Press - Friday, June 29, 2018

PAROWAN, Utah (AP) - A police officer in southwest Utah shot a burglary suspect in the leg during a confrontation at a truck stop along U.S. Interstate 15 about 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of the Arizona state line.

The woman who was shot at the gas station in Parowan was taken to a local hospital on Thursday. The injuries were not life-threatening.

Two Las Vegas men suspected of being her accomplices were taken into custody and being held without bail Friday in the Iron County Jail in Cedar City.

The Iron County Sheriff’s office said sheriff’s deputies and local police responded to a report that three people were breaking into cars and stealing drug paraphernalia at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Parowan Travel America just off exit 78.

The Deseret News, citing a probable cause statement, reported a police officer from nearby Enoch shot the woman twice in the leg after she made a threatening move toward the officers with a screwdriver in her hand. Her name has not been released.



“There were a total of three people involved in the vehicle burglary,” Sheriff’s Lt. Del Schlosser told The Spectrum in St. George. “A male and female were contacted by officers when they arrive and it was later learned that a third individual as involved.”

Jose Flores, 34, was apprehended at the scene and booked on one count of possession of a stolen vehicle and two counts of burglary of a vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.

The other suspect, Michael Salvador Torres, 24, fled the scene but was located within a few hours. He was booked on the same charges Thursday night.

Court and sheriff’s records don’t indicate whether they have a lawyer or will be appointed one at a pending court appearance.

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