Police: Man who shot suspect during carjacking did “right thing” by coming to aid of vehicle’s owner

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OREM, Utah (AP/WITI) -- Police are hailing a man who shot and killed a would-be carjacker outside a Utah grocery store, saying he did the "right thing" by coming to the aid of the vehicle's owner.

It happened Saturday morning, May 2nd in a Maceys parking lot in Orem, Utah -- 45 miles south of Salt Lake City.

So far, police say the man will not face charges as it appears the shooting was justified.

The incident began when police were called out out for a report of a fight. Five people -- three women and two men, fled the scene in a vehicle.

FOX6's sister station, FOX13 in Salt Lake City reports a man standing near an apartment complex was nearly struck as the suspects drove through a grassy area near the residence.

Police say the five suspects exited the vehicle after hitting a curb.

A 26-year-old man then stole a pickup truck, police say, while the other four fled on foot.

Two of the women were quickly taken into custody.

Police say the man who stole the truck eventually ditched it in a grocery store parking lot -- and went to steal another vehicle.

“Subject gets out of the truck, goes over and pulls the lady out of the silver Mercedes, starts to get in the car. She’s screaming for help,” said Captain Ned Jackson with the Orem Police Department.

Police say that's when a shopper, identified as a 31-year-old man, confronted the suspect.

“Our citizen goes up at gunpoint, has him get out of the car. The guy gets out of the car. The suspect lunged and tried to get the gun from him, so at that point he’s trying to protect himself and shoots the gentleman," Captain Jackson said.

The 31-year-old shooter has a concealed carry permit, police say. The 26-year-old carjacking suspect suffered a single gunshot wound and died at the hospital.

Police say that suspect had several felony warrants.

The search continues for the other two suspects in this case.


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  • Spurtoh

    Maybe it would be the “right thing” to point out the infuriating and unnecessary use of quotation marks. You know what you did there.

  • Reasonless

    Sad thing about this story is that if this would have had happened in Milwaukee, charges would have been filed against the shooter.
    And Mayor Bozo would make some nonsense statement about people taking the law into their own hands.

  • s holmes

    Good, there is more work to do, concealed carrier. In n.y this would have been first degree depraved murder of the most wonderfull person to ever carjack a vehicle.

  • J

    Nice shot! Outstanding. Only thing that really baffles me is why police Captain Jackson referrd to the dead dirbag car convicted felon car jacker as a “gentleman”….really? What an idiot.

  • Mr. Bob

    This is awesome news, we need more of this. CCW permit holders need to be aware of their surroundings like this guy and take swift decisive action just like this guy. Bet that punk was pretty surprised when the guy shot him!!!

  • doonger

    If he wouldn’t have pulled the gun in the first place, it wouldn’t have escalated to a situation where shooting him was justified. That man is now dead because he pulled a gun on him. How is everyone here so calloused towards loss of human life.

    • Seriously?

      And What was he supposed to do? Let this man beat up this lady and take her car or maybe worse. He was a desperate man trying to get away. You aren’t going to reason with someone like that. Ther wasnt a human life lost thanks to the brave citizen. Just another animal thug died.

    • daveugber

      A violent criminal in the act of committing a felony, where his intent is to steal a car in the parking lot of a store is a mortal threat to anyone in the area. That SUV is a weapon, and a desperate criminal attempting to leave that parking lot is a THREAT to any pedestrians. The dead felon could have run over a mother or her child while speeding away! The dead felon could have used that illegal vehicle to continue on the crime spree he was on. Really, though, the only thing that matters is that a felon in the act of committing a violent crime and theft attempted to confront a man who had presented his pistol. Any attempt by that felon to get within arms reach of the citizen attempting to help a screaming (violently assaulted) lady REQUIRES the citizen to shoot. ONE SHOT, dead. The fault entirely lies with the dead felon. The law clearly states that any deaths which occur during the act of a violent felony are the responsibility of those committing the crime. A life was lost, only because the violent felon chose to engage an armed (law-abiding) citizen. Any moral authority by the car-jacker is forfeit, since he could have driven away. It isn’t the responsibility of the shooter to back off…it’s the responsibility of the criminal to disengage from the assault.

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