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Suspect apprehended after exchanging gunfire with police near Zion National Park

Posted at 4:52 PM, Oct 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-07 07:47:50-04

ROCKVILLE, Utah — Police say the suspect in an active shooter situation in Rockville Wednesday was taken into custody after exchanging gunfire with police and shooting at passing cars.

The incident began shortly after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when reports came in that a male suspect had brandished a gun during an argument in the city of Hurricane.

Officials say the suspect was a white male in his 50s with a salt and pepper goatee.

Residents in the area were told to shelter in place due to the situation.

Officers located the man's silver Ford pickup truck but het did not did not stop for the officers and began to drive eastbound on SR-9 toward Zion National Park.

While he fled from officers, he also began firing shots at nearby vehicles. Six vehicles were reportedly shot at during the pursuit.

Rockville Shooter
Police agencies respond after a report of an active shooter on SR-9

Officer's attempted to disable the man's vehicle using spike strips and "exchanged gun fire with the suspect as he drove through the area," a press release about the incident stated.

after crashing the pickup truck into the town of Rockville, the man exchanged gunfire with the officers and ran away into a surrounding neighborhood near Bridge Road.

At about 6:15 p.m. officers found the man with a suspect gunshot wound and transported him to St. George Regional Hospital to be treated for his injuries. His current condition was not made available.

Investigators from the Washington County Critical Incident Task Force are investigating the scene. Investigators are also asking any potential victims who have yet to speak with police, to contact dispatch at (435)634-5730 to speak with an investigator.

State Route 9, which runs through Rockville and Springdale were closed as officers responded to the incident at mile post 27, but it has since been reopened.

Rockville, Utah

"Please stay away from the area. Residents please shelter in place. Officers are on scene," the police department shared on social media.

Rockville Shooter
Police agencies respond after a report of an active shooter on SR-9

Rockville is located near Zion National Park in southern Utah.

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