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Man shot in face during road rage confrontation in Taylorsville

Posted at 7:24 PM, Sep 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-13 23:20:30-04

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — A man was shot in the face Tuesday during a road rage incident in Taylorsville, but he is expected to survive.

It is not yet known what led to the disagreement, but police said the victim was driving a Tesla and got out to confront the driver of a pickup truck near 6200 South and 3200 West, shortly before 5 p.m.

“You never know who is in the cars out there going by,” said Brian Meacham, who lives nearby.

Officers believe the man driving the pickup shot the Tesla driver in the lower jaw. The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

“He was still talking and cooperative with officers and detectives,” said Sgt. Kresdon Bennett with Taylorsville Police.

The shooter stayed at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation, police said. It was not immediately known what charges he is expected to face.

A spokesperson with the Taylorsville Police Department said they have seen an uptick in road rage recently with the population increasing, but it's rare for it to lead to gunfire.

“As we get more and more population, a lot more drivers on the road, they’re getting very impatient trying to get to their destination,” he said. “So we’re starting to see that road rage occur more and more.”