By Amy Macavinta
A man was shot four times by Adult Parole and Probation officers Friday morning after he brandished a weapon in the emergency room at Cache Valley Hospital.
North Park Police identified the man as Jason Burr, 34, of North Logan during a noon press conference.
According to Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen, Burr showed up at the hospital just after 8 a.m. with at least one weapon. Police received reports that he may have had two guns, but that information has not been confirmed.
Brooke Adams, spokesperson for the Utah Department of Corrections, said two AP&P agents were at the hospital with a different parolee when they became aware Burr was in the waiting area with a gun.
After a confrontation with the suspect, Burr was shot.
According to a press release from North Park Police Department, he is in critical but stable condition.
He was lifted into an AirMed helicopter around 10:30 a.m. and flown to University Hospital in Salt Lake City.
There were no other injuries, Jensen said.
Jensen said police are still investigating and there is little information available at this time.
Greenville Elementary, located immediately north of the hospital, was placed on lockdown, but students continued to arrive on foot and via school bus and enter the building. InTech Collegiate High School also responded to the shooting with a “sheltered in place.” Both schools have since returned to normal operations.
At 8:45 a.m., hospital workers and patients were allowed to enter the west side of the building. The press release stated that the hospital is functioning normally except for the emergency room, which is “on divert.”
Lisa Sharp of Amalga said she was coming to Cache Valley Hospital to pay a bill and talk to a friend in the ER Department at about 8 a.m. As she was getting out of her car in the parking lot near the ER doors, she “heard a bang and didn’t think anything of it.”
“It sounded like metal banging or the lid of a big garbage can,” she said.
Just then police began to arrive and an officer on a bullhorn ordered everyone in the area to stay away from the building.
Sharp said several officers then entered the ER Department and “all the guns were coming out.” She didn’t see anyone come out of the building.
“I’m glad I’m lucky,” she said. “I’m just glad I wasn’t in the crossfire.”
Adams said the agents have been placed on administrative leave according to protocol. The Cache County Attorney’s Office will take the lead in the investigation of the agents’ role in the shooting.
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