A man who police say stole a gun from a Sporting Goods store earlier this week and managed to escape after leading officers on a high speed chase has been taken into custody.

On Monday, a man walked into Doug's Shoot 'N Sports, 4926 S. Redwood Road to look at handguns. After being handed a .40-caliber semi-automatic Beretta, the man ran out the door with the gun.

About 1 a.m. Tuesday, members of the Metro Gang Unit spotted the man's stolen vehicle. He led them on a high speed chase that was terminated for safety reasons. The truck was found abandoned near 4305 S. 6144 West with ammunition in the vehicle but no sign of the gun.

Investigators also found the man's cell phone, apparently dropped, near the vehicle, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.

Later that night, the man was located in a house near 6800 South and 2700 West. The stolen gun was found in a kitchen cabinet, the jail report stated.

After the man was placed in handcuffs and being prepared to be taken to jail, he fled again.

"A foot pursuit ensued and I tackled him, placing him back into custody," the officer who made the arrest wrote in his booking report. "He has fled twice in the last 24 hours and is an escape risk."

Paul David Grover, 26, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of possession of a stolen vehicle, theft of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, escape, fleeing and a restricted person in possession of a firearm. He was being held Thursday on no bail.

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