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Police identify suspects in hospital after chase, shootout with officers

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Posted at 7:17 AM, Jul 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-17 19:28:00-04

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah - Two suspects are in the hospital after a police chase and a shooting involving two officers early Thursday morning.

Authorities said 31-year-old Ramon S. Franco and 19-year-old Celene J. Hernandez allegedly ran from officers in West Valley.

Officers said the suspects fired several gunshots at lawmen as they drove across multiple cities.

The chase ended in Taylorsville by the Salt Lake Community College Campus when officers used spikes to take out the suspects' car tires.

Deputies said the suspects got out of the car and started shooting at authorities.

Officials fired back and both suspects were hit.

Sheriff Jim Winder said Franco is in critical condition and Hernandez's condition is less severe.

"We're just fortunate that there wasn't any other injuries or anything more serious during the course of that because you know, these suspects were hellbent for leather as they continued on their way," Sheriff Winder said.

Deputies said Hernandez ran from the car to the Salt Lake Community College campus.

She was arrested not far away with the help of a K9 unit.

Authorities said at least two officers fired their weapons and a stray bullet from the shootout hit an apartment complex nearby.

No officers were injured in the shooting.