Suspect dead after man with concealed carry permit intervenes in alleged carjacking

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OREM, Utah -- A man with a concealed carry permit fatally shot a man in a Utah parking lot after intervening in a reported carjacking attempt. Police say it appears the shooting was justified, and the man will not face any charges, according to KSTU.

The incident started Saturday morning at an apartment complex when police were called to the scene of a fight. Five people, three women and two men, fled the scene in a vehicle.

Police said the suspects’ vehicle stopped a short distance away after hitting a curb. Surveillance footage shows the five people getting out of the vehicle. A 26-year-old male suspect stole a pickup truck from a home in that area and the other four left on foot.

Two of the females that fled on foot were apprehended and taken in for questioning regarding the incident.

The suspect who fled in the truck drove to a grocery store parking lot. Police said there he abandoned the truck 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 of the Orem Police Department.

Detectives said that’s when a shopper, so far only identified as a 31-year-old male, confronted the suspect.

“Our citizen goes up at gun point, has him get out of the car, the guy gets out of the car,” Jackson said. “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.”

Police said the shopper, who had a concealed carry permit, was threatened and fired his weapon.

The suspect, who police have not yet identified, suffered a single gunshot wound and was transported to Utah Valley Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Police say the man had several felony warrants. Officers are actively searching for the other two suspects involved in the original incident.

Officials with the Orem Police Department said the man who fired the gun is not facing charges at this point because it appears his use of deadly force was justified.

Names of those involved in the incident are being withheld until Monday.


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  • dg54321

    Just one of the 1-2.5 million defensive gun uses every year. A compelling reason for respecting the 2nd Amendment and civilians so inclined to be armed where they will.

  • "peety"

    a very rare case of a good guy stopping a bad guy. Odds are much higher that he shoots himself or his gun is used on him.

    • dg54321

      Oh, Petey. Your lies didn’t work on KOMO. They won’t work here. The facts just aren’t with you, with the ratio of DGUs to criminal or misuse of a firearm being 11:1, on a conservative estimate. Sorry bud, your narrative has, yet again, been undermined by reality.

        • "peety"

          he gets his information from an organization which profits off gun violence and he can’t see the obvious conflict of interest

        • EastboundAndDown

          In fact even under the Obama admin the gov stated that defensive gun use is 100,000 events per year and they even said it is likely more (or some wording to that effect). So what you call fantasy, is in fact covered by the government and other places and the lowest estimate is 100k, while other studies like DG pointed out put the number over a million. Sorry if the facts don’t line up with your delusion but it is what it is.

      • EastboundAndDown

        Hmm, I remember reading Komo occasionally and I have to say his (Peety) delusional rants seem awfully familiar. His irrational fear of inanimate objects should be cause to have him evaluated at the nearest mental health facility.

  • "peety"

    is it the links? My comments say “awaiting moderation”

    where is your source? Oh that’s right, you have none, have never had a source or fact. You have failed ideology and NRA propaganda.

    A study from October 2013 analyzed data from 27 developed nations to examine the impact of firearm prevalence on the mortality rate. It found an extremely strong direct relationship between the number of firearms and firearm deaths. The paper concludes: “The current study debunks the widely quoted hypothesis that guns make a nation safer.” This finding is bolstered by several previous studies that have revealed a significant link between gun ownership and firearm-related deaths.


    This finding is bolstered by several previous studies that have revealed a significant link between gun ownership and firearm-related deaths. This international comparison is especially harrowing for women and children, who die from gun violence in America at far higher rates than in other countries.

    • tootietuttle

      Peety…are you getting all your facts from Brian Williams or the NY times??…i’ve got news for you….LOL

      • "peety"

        replace the DOT with . and you will go to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reports.

  • ZeBigT

    Something about this smells funny. The suspect got out of the car and lunged for the guy’s weapon? If the suspect was unarmed, he could have still fled with the car, and the guy with gun could only fire at the fleeing vehicle. Getting out means the suspect is either going to be shot or arrested. It seems odd.

  • Pat

    At least the CWP person kept up with his training. One shot=dead suspecr
    Too many people carry and do not practice enough.

  • Galen Fries

    People are quick to criticize articles and I can’t say I am any better. I, however would like to take a second to tell you how much I appreciate your reporting of this story. This is the type of story our liberal media has been notorious for letting slide by as just being “local news.” The fact that you reported it shows a non bias that we so desperately need in our news agencies today.

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