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Former Utah cop in custody for alleged threats against police department

Posted at 10:14 PM, May 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-31 16:23:48-04

SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah — A former officer was taken into custody Monday night after allegedly making threats toward the Saratoga Springs Police Department.

Jared Chuchran, 42, worked for the department since as early as 2012, and as recently as 2021, according to public employment records. Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff's Office said he is no longer in law enforcement.

At some point on Monday, Chuchran made threats against the department and at least one individual there. Cannon said Chuchran specifically threatened to kill the assistant police chief.

"There were also threats that were made related to law enforcement in general for anybody who might interfere with what he intended to do," Cannon said.

A SWAT team staged at a church in Lehi, but just in case they were needed and not due to any specific threats in the area. They have since disbanded.

Police do not believe there is any danger to the public as the alleged threats were targeted at the department.

Chuchran was taken into police custody near a camping area in Juab County. No shots were fired during the incident.

He was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated while police work to determine potential charges.