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Two men arrested after police chase; Shots fired by Woods Cross officer

Posted at 3:27 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 17:42:22-05

WOODS CROSS, Utah — Two men were arrested early Sunday morning on counts ranging from reckless driving to attempted murder of a police officer.

According to court documents, a Woods Cross Police officer was approaching a "suspicious vehicle" when he fired shots because he "felt that his life was in imminent danger."

The driver then sped away and led the officer, as well as others from assisting police departments, in a chase that went into Salt Lake City and ended in West Valley City near 3000 South and 3400 West.

At one point in the chase, the officer said the driver slammed on the brakes, causing the officer to rear-end the suspect vehicle.

The driver, 26-year-old Julian Sage Nordahl, and the passenger, 28-year-old Tucker Douglas Riggs, surrendered to police after the vehicle crashed into a fence and became inoperable.

Both men were booked in the Davis County Jail on suspicion of the following charges:

  • Attempted murder on a police officer (2nd-degree felony)
  • Theft of an operable vehicle or firearm (2nd-degree felony)
  • Receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle (2nd-degree felony)
  • Failure to stop at the command of police (3rd-degree felony)
  • Manufacturing/possessing of burglary tools (Class-B misdemeanor)

In addition, Nordahl faces charges of reckless driving and failure to remain at the scene of an accident, both Class-B misdemeanors.

Police added that Nordahl was found with multiple knives in his possession, but no additional criminal charges were listed for them.

It was not specified what happened before the officer fired shots. FOX 13 will provide updates if that information is released in the future.

The officer was not injured; it was not stated whether either suspect was struck by the gunshots.