CRIME

Suspect identified in officer-involved shooting near Utah-Arizona border

Feb 18, 2022, 7:57 PM
Police car sirens....
(PHOTO: Courtesy of Getty Images)
(PHOTO: Courtesy of Getty Images)

MOHAVE COUNTY, Arizona — Authorities in Arizona announced Friday the identity of the suspect killed in an officer-involved shooting Thursday along the Utah-Arizona border as 30-year-old Oscar Alcantara.

On Thursday, authorities in Washington City were searching for a suspect involved in alleged disorderly conduct incident from last weekend where a firearm was brandished. The suspect was seen at a residence getting into a small SUV as a passenger.

When authorities made a traffic stop on the vehicle, a female driver exited the SUV and began to run. While the female was explaining to authorities that her infant son was in the car, Alcantara, who had a gun, got in the driver seat and fled the scene at a high rate of speed.

Police from Washington City and St. George pursued the car through St. George, Santa Clara, Ivins and onto Old Highway 91 into Mohave County, Arizona.

When the vehicle came to a stop near Beaver Dam, Arizona near the Utah-Arizona border, Alcantara exited the car with the infant and the gun. According to a police press release, Alcantara was seen pointing the weapon at the child. 

It was at that point, police say, a member of the St. George Police Department Tactical Team shot and killed Alcantara. The child was unharmed and was transported to a St. George hospital for treatment. 

The investigation is still ongoing.

Read more:

Today’s Top Stories

Crime

draper shooting police...
Mark Jones

Party ban becomes permanent for Airbnb

Airbnb announced this week that it is placing permanent ban on disruptive parties. In April, two people died in a shooting at an Airbnb in Draper.
1 day ago
...
Mark Jones

Suspect taken into custody after firing shots in Kearns

A shelter in place was issued Wednesday evening in Kearns after an 18-year-old male fired a weapon at a family member fled the scene through a residential area.
2 days ago
Lina Reyes Geddes, of Youngstown, Ohio, has been identified as the victim in a 1998 homicide cold c...
Mark Jones

Garfield County cold case homicide is brought to a close

Authorities in Utah and Ohio announced Wednesday the closure of a Garfield County cold case that dates back to April 20, 1998.
2 days ago
Provo Police need help to identify and locate a suspect in a 2020 cold case shooting that happened ...
Devin Oldroyd

Provo Police Department asking for help solving a 2020 cold case

Provo Police need help to identify and locate a suspect in a 2020 cold case shooting that happened at the Missionary Training Center.
8 days ago
salt lake mayorMendenhall guns...
Curt Gresseth

After NY law is struck down, two Utah experts sound off on gun rights

Two advocates on either side of the gun-control vs. gun rights debate sound off on the Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling to expand the right to carry a firearm in public.
8 days ago
A men’s maximum-security unit in the new Utah State Correctional Facility in Salt Lake City is pi...
Lindsay Aerts

State leaders cut the ribbon on new Utah State Correctional Facility

After five years of construction, a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Utah State Correctional Facility, located west of the Salt Lake City International Airport, was held Wednesday.
9 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Suspect identified in officer-involved shooting near Utah-Arizona border