An Oregon man who looked suspicious to a Draper police officer is in the Salt Lake County Jail awaiting extradition on a murder warrant in his home state.
George Douglas Gilbert, 48, iswanted by the Portland Police Bureau and has been accused of killing his ex-wife's boyfriend in Portland Dec. 4. Gilbert's 10-year-old daughter was also wounded during a gunfire exchange between Gilbert and John L. Wooters, 48, that left Gilbert wounded in the neck and Wooters dead, said Portland detective Sgt. Larry Neville.
Draper patrolman Mark Francis was on routine patrol about 4 a.m. Wednesday when he saw an occupied car with its engine running parked behind a gas station. He questioned the man, then became suspicious when he saw a 3-month-old baby girl and bloody clothing in the car, said Draper Police Chief Wayne Riley.
"That old gut instinct came up with Mark," Riley said. "He ran some checks and we got an NCIC hit out of Oregon."
NCIC is a nationwide computer network used by law enforcement agencies to track wanted individuals and stolen vehicles.
It wasn't until after Draper police took Gilbert into custody that the man told officers he had been wounded. "He has a (bullet) wound on his back and an exit wound on the right side of his jaw," Riley said. "We didn't see it because it was under his beard."
Gilbert's wound was treated at Cottonwood Hospital, then he was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on a no-bail fugitive warrant. He was charged in 3rd Circuit Court Wednesday with being a fugitive from justice. Portland detectives were en route to Salt Lake City Wednesday to begin extradition paperwork, Riley said.
During an arraignment Thursday morning before 3rd Circuit Judge Dennis Fuchs, Gilbert signed a waiver permitting him to be extradited to Oregon.
Gilbert told the Draper officers the 3-month-old girl is his daughter. She was taken into shelter custody, Riley said. Neville said the baby was taken from the house in Portland where the shooting took place.