Man in rollover fires gun into windshield to summon police help

Published: Wednesday, March 27 2013 11:40 a.m. MDT

A man who rolled his vehicle Wednesday, March 27, 2013, fired his gun through the windshield of his pickup truck, hoping to get attention near 1700 W. Cole Lane (6650 South).

Alan Neves, Deseret News

WEST JORDAN — A man trapped inside his vehicle after a rollover fired his gun several times, hoping someone would hear it and call 911.

About 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, a man rolled his pickup truck near 1700 W. Cole Lane (6650 South). He was pinned and tried to call for help, but his phone wasn't working.

He then decided to use his nearby handgun to shoot through the windshield and into the ground in order to attract the attention of neighbors, said West Jordan police officer Troy Leary.

“He didn't have a way to call,” Leary said. “He said he'd been pinned in the vehicle a little while before anybody gave us a call."

Someone called police saying a driver had gone into a ditch and they thought they heard gunfire. Officers said it looked like the driver was going too fast for the turn and lost control of the vehicle.

Paramedics took him to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

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