PoliceOne Staff Report (SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH) -- A teenage robbery suspect is in stable condition after being shot in the face while attempting to run down two officers in a getaway van, authorities say.
One of the officers trying to stop Emosi Fehoko, 18, was forced to fire a bullet through the windshield of the van, hitting the suspect the face, police reported.
The Desert News reported Fehoko and two other youths had allegedly just robbed a local 7-Eleven store of cash and beer. Lawmen saw the three males leave the store and pursued them on foot at about 2:50 a.m. Saturday.
Fehoko and another suspect, Taiama Siliva Tuifua, 18, climbed into a van and attempted to run down two pursuing officers, a police spokesman told the newspaper. It was then that a shot fired by one of the officers went through the windshield and struck Fehoko.
Police told the Desert News that even after being shot, Fehoko and the other suspect smashed the van into a police car and sped away. Police followed and nabbed the suspects after they abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. A third youth suspected in the robbery was arrested by a K-9 officer near the 7-Eleven, police said.
Authorities told the newspaper that they are investigating whether the trio was involved in other reported 7-Eleven robberies that occurred Saturday in both Salt Lake City and Kearns.
The newspaper reported that it was the second time in a week that Salt Lake City police have fired on a motorist who allegedly tried to run over an officer. Another man was shot and killed by police on New Year's Day after he was stopped for running a red light and then tried to run the officer down.