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Man arrested and accused of shooting a police officer

Dec 1, 2021, 6:36 AM

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Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — A man has now been arrested in the investigation of the shooting of a police officer.  

Read about the incident in-depth here.

After allegedly shooting a police officer in the leg, 29-year-old Malui Salesi Vehikite was arrested. 

Vehikite was suspected of five offenses, including aggravated assault, possession of a weapon by a restricted person, and felony discharge of a firearm, according to the South Jordan Police Department. 

South Jordan PD also reported that a search warrant of Vehikite’s residence found bullet fragments, casings, firearms, drug paraphernalia (including prescription drugs not prescribed to Vehikite). 

Officers also found personal checks written to Vehikite all appearing to be written in the same handwriting, as well as credit cards and driver’s licenses all in different names, according to South Jordan PD. 

South Jordan Police reported finding these and more items that “are all consistent with burglaries or thefts.”

Malui Salesi Vehikite currently has four warrants of his arrest and new felony charges from February of 2021, report South Jordan Police. 

The investigation is still undergoing. More details will be updated. 


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