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Officer is recovering from gunshot wound

Man whom he pursued still not identified

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OREM — Police have not released the name of a man who died Friday morning from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest after exchanging fire with an Orem officer.

The officer, Jim Flygare, was treated and released from Timpanogos Regional Medical Center in Orem for a superficial gunshot wound to his left arm.

Police say Flygare and Sgt. Ralph Crabb responded to a complaint of suspicious activity behind an apartment complex Friday at about 9 a.m. near 800 N. Main.

When Crabb arrived and tried to confront a man, the man sped across the lawn of the apartment complex in a blue pickup. Police later learned the truck had been stolen the night before.

Crabb followed the man around the block until the man stopped and exited his truck at nearly the same spot he had started. The man began running, following the same route, with Crabb and Flygare in pursuit on foot.

Flygare followed the man, while Crabb took another route to cut him off. Police say at approximately 50 West and 800 North the man turned and shot Flygare in the left arm with a handgun. Flygare reportedly returned fire, striking the man at least once in the chest. The man, who was not carrying identification, was pronounced dead when he arrived at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo.

The Utah County Attorney's Office and the Utah County Sheriff's Office are conducting an investigation with the cooperation of the Orem Department of Public Safety.

Police say the owner of the stolen blue truck didn't know it was missing.

Flygare has been with the Orem Police Department since April 2001 and has been a police officer for 10 years.


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