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Protester Who Shot Man Whose Car Was Blocked By Mob arrested for Attempted Murder

A 60-year-old man in Provo, Utah was shot as he was trying to make his way along a public street being blocked by a mob of thugs. His attacker has been identified and was arrested.

He is charged with attempted aggravated murder,  aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, rioting, threatening the use of a weapon in a fight, criminal mischief, and firing a weapon near a highway.

The shooter, Jesse Taggart of Salt Lake City also attacked another vehicle on the same night, using his gun as a club on the car’s window.

Taggart shot the older man as he was stopped by the mob and after the man drove through the protesters Taggart fired a second shot that went through the rear passenger window of the man’s car.

Samantha Darling, 27, of Ogden, also was arrested and faces charges of obstruction of justice and rioting.

Police are now seeking a second gunman that pointed his weapon at the driver but didn’t fire when Taggart did.

Deseret News reported

Video shot by KSL-TV recorded what appears to be a man with his face concealed pointing a handgun at the SUV on the passenger side of the vehicle. The “popping” sound of shots being fired can be heard in the video.

Tuesday afternoon, pictures surfaced on social media of a second man holding a gun near the driver’s side window of the SUV and also holding a gun in the middle of the street as the victim drove away.

As of Tuesday night, Provo police were still working to identify that man. King said investigators do not believe that man fired his gun.

About 50 minutes after the shooting, tensions remained high as cars continued to drive through the lines of protesters, prompting some to jump onto the vehicles and hit the windows.

Demonstrators marched to the Provo Police Department and were met with officers in riot gear. Amid calls to disperse and threats of arrest from police, protesters chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

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  1. Sue Firman

    July 2, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    This is wonderful news. Thank you for sharing.

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