Charges Filed In Sanpete County Shooting
Published on October 02, 2013 at 01:02PM
New details from a shooting were released after a Sanpete County man was charged Tuesday, a week after he was shot in a confrontation with police. A Utah Highway Patrol trooper shot 43-year-old David A. Searle of Mt. Pleasant last week during an investigation of a stolen truck. The 2001 pickup was reported stolen early September 25 from a field in Spring City. The owner said a pistol and a rifle were inside the truck.
Officers found the truck a few hours later in Spring City Canyon. Sanpete County sheriff’s deputies and UHP troopers tried to set up a perimeter as deputies approached the truck. Officers tried to apprehend Searle, but he allegedly began driving toward a trooper, who fired at the truck. Fragmented pieces of one round hit Searle in the right arm. He was hospitalized and then taken to jail.
Searle was charged Tuesday with three second-degree felony counts of theft, third-degree felony aggravated assault, and two third-degree felony counts of possession of a firearm by a restricted person.