Authorities searching for suspect accused of firing at UHP trooper in WVC

Posted at 3:02 PM, Dec 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-20 18:15:44-05

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah - Authorities are searching for a suspect accused of shooting at a Utah Highway Patrol trooper in West Valley City Friday afternoon, and the vehicle that suspect was in has been found abandoned. 

Officials said the incident started when a driver flagged down a UHP trooper to report an erratic and dangerous driver on I-215 near Valley Fair Mall.

UHP Sgt. Mary Kaye Lucas said a trooper caught up to the reported car when it sped onto the on-ramp and then made a u-turn to go the wrong direction.

Authorities said a woman driving that car jumped out and tried to run but the trooper tackled her and took her into custody.

During the arrest, a suspect in a black, two-door Honda sedan drove onto the on-ramp, made the same illegal u-turn and fired a shot through his passenger window, just missing the trooper. That Honda was later found abandoned in West Valley City, but the suspect who was behind the wheel remains at large.

UHP said the suspect who shot at the trooper sped off the 3500 S. exit and is still on the run.

Authorities said the two cars could have been in communication at the time of the incident.

The female suspect is in custody and is being checked at the hospital as a precaution.

Officials have not given a description of the male suspect at this time.

FOX 13 News' Annie Cutler was live at the scene, see the video above for her report and check back with Fox 13 for the latest updates.