PROVO — A man accused of engaging in a freeway shootout with police — resulting in one bystander being shot and a second vehicle hit, and leading officers on a slow speed chase that ended with more gunfire — is also being investigated for suspected child pornography, according to a new search warrant.
Arturo Gallemore-Jimenez, 37, of Clearfield, has already been charged with three counts of attempted aggravated murder, a first-degree felony. He is also charged with theft, a second-degree felony; failing to stop at the command of an officer and possession of a firearm by a restricted person, third-degree felonies; drug possession, a class A misdemeanor; drug possession, a class B misdemeanor; and driving on a revoked license, a class C misdemeanor.
He also has pending charges in Colorado of attempted murder.
The wild series of events in Utah began Dec. 20, when Gallemore first caught the attention of bystanders when police say he shot out a window of his truck at the Flying J gas station in Nephi because he locked his keys in the vehicle.
When officers pulled him over on I-15 near Springville, Gallemore fired on officers without warning, according to charging documents. Police returned fire, accidentally hitting a 21-year-old Provo man about 500 yards down the road who had run out of gas on the freeway.
Gallemore drove for another 9 miles at slow speeds because two of his tires were shot out, according to police. As he attempted to exit the freeway at University Parkway in Orem, a Utah County sheriff's deputy standing outside of his vehicle opened fire on the vehicle, according to police. Gallemore crashed into a fence a short time later.1 comment on this story
As part of the ensuing investigation, detectives went through Gallemore's cellphone. According to a new search warrant unsealed over the weekend, a deputy who searched the phone noted: "Upon looking through the images on the phone for evidence relating to this case, I saw some concerning items."
Those items included images of child pornography, according to the warrant. A new warrant was then sought to search specifically for child pornography.
Gallemore is scheduled to be back in court Feb. 26.