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MURRAY OFFICER IS NOW FAIR AND HAS LEFT INTENSIVE CARE

A Murray police officer shot while investigating an alleged forgery last week has been upgraded from serious to fair condition.Ross Huff was moved out of the intensive care unit.

"He continues to recover, is doing very well and could possibly be released sometime this week," LDS Hospital spokesman Jess Gomez said Monday.

On Thursday, Huff was responding to a call at Zions Bank, 5595 S. State, where a man tried to cash a $1,400 check that appeared to be forged, police said. As he approached a man in a vehicle pointed out to him by a bank employee, Huff was shot in the abdomen, calf and wrist and was airlifted to the hospital.

Quentin Hurlich, 29, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of attempted aggravated murder and other offenses.

EARLY MORNING FIRE DESTROYS A HOME IN WEST SALT LAKE

An early morning fire destroyed a West Salt Lake home Sunday. No one was injured.

The 4:20 a.m. fire caused about $80,000 in damage to the home at 1301 S. Glendale Drive (1350 West), Salt Lake Fire Capt. Devin Villa said.

Crews reported flames jutting through the roof upon arrival, Villa said. About 20 firefighters had the fire under control just before 5 a.m. but spent about three hours at the scene, putting out hot spots and investigating.

No one was inside the home at the time, Villa said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

MAN ACCUSED OF TRYING TO KILL HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW

A $500,000 arrest warrant has been issued for a Magna man who was charged Thursday with trying to kill his brother-in-law.

Iupita "Peke" Pea, 31, was charged in 3rd District Court with attempted murder, a second-degree felony, in connection with a May 29 shooting that critically injured Darrell Beaman, 27, Salt Lake City.

According to the charges, Pea was drinking at a family party with his sister, Diana Pea, and Beaman, his brother-in-law, when he and Beaman asked Diana Pea to drive them to a friend's home.

The friend was not home, and the two men asked Diana Pea to drive them to several clubs, the charges state. During the drive, Iupita Pea "removed a silver colored, .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol from the waistband of his pants, and Mr. Beaman ordered the defendant to put it away."

"The defendant and Mr. Beaman continued to argue, and Mr. Beaman asked the defendant 'Where's your cap?' The defendant responded, 'Do you want to feel it?' and shot Mr. Beaman twice," the charges state.

While Beaman was rolling around on the ground, Iupita Pea said, "You don't ever test me," and continued to shoot him, the charges state. Iupita Pea then ordered his sister to get back into the car and drive him to a friend's home.

Beaman was treated at University Hospital for bullet wounds to his left shoulder, forearm, abdomen and side, the charges state. Beaman "required surgery to remove six segments from his intestine, repair lacerations to the vena cava and remove a bullet fragment from his spinal cord." He may require additional surgery.

MAN USES FAKE GUN, SIREN IN ATTEMPT TO ROB A WOMAN

A man with a plastic gun and a phony police siren attached to his pickup truck tried to rob a woman at 1306 W. 400 South Thursday morning, Salt Lake police said.

Telling the woman he was a police officer, the man showed her his "gun" and demanded she give him her money. Soon after she replied that she had no money, the woman's male friend arrived to drive her home. The man fled.

Two Salt Lake officers pulled the man's car over at 500 N. Redwood Road and found that the man had a passenger whom he had ordered into his car, a police report states. To urge the victim into his vehicle, the man had displayed the fake weapon and demanded money. Believing he was facing a police officer and knowing that he himself had two outstanding felony warrants, the victim got into the car, police said.

An authentic police officer booked the 33-year-old man into jail for investigation of robbery, kidnapping and impersonation of a police officer.