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Driver identified, deputy on leave as investigation into Millard County officer-involved shooting continues

Posted at 9:36 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 23:44:50-04

MILLARD COUNTY, Utah — Authorities have released additional information about a police chase in Millard County Thursday that ended with an officer-involved shooting.

The driver suspected of fleeing a deputy has been identified as 36-year-old Adam Ray Oney of Colorado in a statement released Friday by the Utah Highway Patrol.

Oney was the driver of a pickup truck that was reported as "suspicious" Thursday morning by a resident of Scipio. According to the Millard County Sheriff's Office, a deputy responded to the area and could not find the vehicle initially, but later spotted it at a gas station nearby. That's when a pursuit began, which went onto I-15 and ended after the truck went off the freeway into some trees. After the vehicle came to a stop, deputies say the man had a gunshot wound and an apparent bullet hole was seen in the windshield.

Oney was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital in the Wasatch Front area, where he is recovering. His medical condition was not specified.

The incident is being officially classified and investigated as an officer-involved shooting.

UHP states that there was "a firearm discharge following a brief chase," but no further details were given. The deputy involved was placed on administrative leave.