Arrests Made After 60-Year-Old Man Shot During ‘Mostly Peaceful’ Protest in Utah

Protesters continued their information campaign and threats to anyone in the area and those just attempting to pass through.

At about 9:30 p.m. the scene was still tense, with cars continuing to drive through the lines of people, protesters jumping on cars and hitting windows. Demonstrators marched to the Provo Police Department and were met with officers in riot gear. Amid calls to disperse and threats of arrest from police, protesters chanted “hands up, don’t shoot.”

“People have been hurt, things have been damaged, time to leave,” yelled one officer dressed in riot gear.

“We’ve been hurt, we’ve been peaceful,” protesters responded.

If any were hurt, it was because they were illegally blocking streets and threatening drivers.

A protest organizer took to a megaphone and urged everyone to peacefully disperse, yelling “If you support our movement you will peacefully go.”

And if you don’t support their movement…?

Tuesday night, Provo police arrested two in connection with the shooting.

The victim, a 60-year-old Provo resident, remained hospitalized Tuesday but was “stable,” according to police. The man was not part of the protest or counterprotest that had been going on, but was just driving in the area, said Provo Police Sgt. Nisha King.

Tuesday night, King confirmed two people had been arrested in connection with the shooting. Jesse Taggart, 33, of Salt Lake City, was arrested for investigation of attempted aggravated murder, King said. He also faces allegations of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, rioting, threatening use of a weapon in a fight, criminal mischief and firing a weapon near a highway.

Samantha Darling, 27, of Ogden, was arrested for investigation of obstruction of justice and rioting.

Both were being booked into Utah County Jail.

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