SUV driver opens fire on Utah police

By Jason Bergreen
The Salt Lake Tribune
SALT LAKE CITY Salt Lake City police arrested a 19-year-old man over the weekend on suspicion of attempted aggravated murder after he allegedly shot at police officers early Saturday.

Siale Maveni Angilau allegedly leaned out the window of a Jeep Cherokee near 600 South and Cheyenne Street about 2:30 a.m. and fired several shots at a police car and two officers who were attempting to stop the SUV, said Detective Jared Wihongi. No police were injured.

The Cherokee drove away, but it was later found at a home near 600 South and Emery Street.

As police backup arrived, several shots were heard on the north and west sides of the home, Wihongi said. Four people were able to escape the area in a gray Pontiac Vibe, where the shots were believed to have come from.

Several people in the home came out and were taken into custody. Another 13 people refused to surrender and a search warrant was issued. A SWAT team entered the home and took the rest of the group into custody, Wihongi said.

Later that morning, police found the Pontiac near 1115 West and 300 South and took two men and two woman into custody. A bullet was found in the car but there was no gun, Wihongi said.

According to booking information, the gun was thrown from the vehicle, but later recovered.

Police booked Angilau into the Salt Lake County Jail on suspicion of attempted aggravated murder, fleeing and attempted theft for receiving stolen property, Wihongi said. It is unclear why Angilau allegedly shot at police and fled, but Wihongi thought he may have been wanted on an outstanding warrant.

Two other people in the car were arrested for charges involving discharging a weapon from a car, domestic violence obstruction of justice, retail theft, weapons violation, evidence tampering and telephone harassment.

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