- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 1, 2020

A Provo, Utah, manhunt for a Black Lives Matter supporter who shot an SUV driver this week ended Tuesday when suspect Jesse Taggart was arrested.

Police thanked witnesses for coming forward with information that led to the 33-year-old Salt Lake City resident’s arrest and charges of attempted aggravated murder, aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, criminal mischief, rioting, threatening the use of a weapon during a fight, and firing a weapon near a highway.

Viral footage of Monday’s protest shows a swarm of activists converge on a white SUV prior to the suspect brandishing his weapon and discharging a round through the vehicle’s passenger-side window.

A second round was fired through the SUV’s rear window.

Utah Valley Hospital treated the victim later that evening.

“The Provo Police Department extends its thanks to citizens who gave evidence and testimony to investigators,” law enforcement said in series of statements via Twitter Tuesday evening.

Samantha Darling, 27, was also taken to Utah County Jail and faces charges of obstruction of justice and rioting, a local CBS affiliate reported.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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