Millard County man rams 4 patrol cars, officers shoot suspect in defense

Posted at 1:15 PM, Jul 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-30 15:44:47-04

OAK CITY, Utah – Officers said they were forced to shoot a man they say rammed numerous patrol cars and tried to hit a deputy in Millard County.

The Millard County Sheriff’s office said deputies and a Utah Adult Probation and Parole agent were trying to pick up 42-year-old Oak City resident George Finlinson Tuesday evening.

Officers said it was at the request of Finlinson’s family; they said he needed immediate mental health treatment.

When lawmen tried to pull him over, he refused to stop.

Officials said Finlinson turned his truck and rammed a patrol car, disabling it.

Finlinson plowed his pickup into several other patrol cars and tried to hit a deputy.

Authorities said officers feared for their safety and fired shots at Finlinson.

Deputies said he continued to resist even after he was shot.

Finlinson injured one deputy before he was taken into custody.

Finlinson was taken to the hospital.

Officials have not released the injured deputy’s condition.

The Utah Highway Patrol and the Utah County Sheriff’s Office have been called in to investigate.