Man injured in Millard County incident was shot by deputy, officials confirm

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Police respond to a scene near Scipio in Millard County after a man was injured in an encounter with a Millard County Sheriff's deputy on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Police would not confirm Thursday whether the victim's injury was caused by a gunshot or if the deputy fired his weapon.

Police respond to a scene near Scipio in Millard County after a man was injured in an encounter with a Millard County Sheriff’s deputy on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Police would not confirm Thursday whether the victim’s injury was caused by a gunshot or if the deputy fired his weapon. | Meghan Thackrey, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Officials confirmed Friday that a Colorado man injured in an encounter with a Millard County Sheriff’s deputy a day earlier was shot.

Adam Ray Oney, 36, of Westminster, Colorado, was injured by gunfire from a Millard County Sheriff’s deputy on Thursday, May 21, after a “brief chase” near Scipio, according to Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Nick Street.

Officials did not give details on Oney’s injuries or condition. The sheriff’s deputy, who has not been identified, has been placed on leave while the incident is reviewed.

The situation that led to the shooting began about 10 a.m. in a residential area near Scipio. Residents called police to report a vehicle with Colorado license plates they did not recognize and felt was suspicious had been parked in the area for about three hours, Millard County Sheriff Richard Jacobson said on Thursday.

A deputy located the vehicle about a half hour later at a nearby gas station, and within 10 minutes told dispatchers that he was in pursuit, Jacobson said.

The chase went south on I-15 reaching speeds of more than 100 mph, he said. At some point, the driver headed into a section of median that is thick with trees near the town of Holden and came to a stop, the sheriff said.

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Moments later, the deputy reported to dispatchers that the man may have been shot, Jacobsen said. The deputy and Utah Highway Patrol troopers who arrived shortly after treated the man for an injury consistent with a gunshot wound, the sheriff Thursday, but he did not provide detail about the man’s injury or whether the bullet came from the deputy.

Street said Friday Oney was taken by medical helicopter to a hospital on the Wasatch Front, where he continues to recover.

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