Updated: Officer-involved shooting at Parowan truck stop; 1 suspect shot, 2 arrested

Jose Flores, 34, was taken into custody earlier at the Parowan truck stop – Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s Office – Behind the Headlines

PAROWAN – A local police officer fired his gun at a female suspect Thursday morning after she and two male suspects were confronted by authorities while allegedly breaking into several vehicles at the Parowan truck stop.

Police were dispatched at around 11:30 a.m. on reports of a vehicle burglary in progress. According to a news release issued by the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses reported a female and male actively breaking into vehicles at the Travel America truck stop located near 1150 North 100 West.

Officers from the Enoch Police Department, Parowan Police Department and Iron County Sheriff deputies immediately responded to the area where an altercation allegedly ensued forcing one of the officers to fire his weapon. The female suspect was transported to Cedar City Hospital and later to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George. Her condition is unknown at this time.

Authorities have not yet released the name of the officer involved in the shooting. However, he is reported to not have suffered any injuries.

One male suspect remained at large for most of the day as police continued to search the area. Michael Salvador Torres, 24, was finally located around 6 p.m. at Family Dollar in Parowan City.

Jose Flores, 34, was taken into custody earlier at the truck stop. Both male suspects are from the Nevada area. Authorities have not released the name or any information regarding the female suspect.

Both Torres and Flores were arrested on two third-degree felonies for burglary of a vehicle and one second-degree felony for possession of a stolen vehicle.

Michael Salvador Torres, 24, was finally located around 6 p.m. at Family Dollar in Parowan City after remaining at large throughout the day – Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s Office – Behind the Headlines

The Iron County Critical Incident Task Force was called in as per protocol any time there is an officer-involved shooting. The incident is still under investigation.

More details about the incident may be released Friday, Iron County Sheriff Lt. Del Schlosser said.

Updated Information: The officer involved in Thursday’s shooting has been identified as Enoch City Police Corp. Jeremy Dunn.

According to a news release issued Friday by the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, Dunn shot 29-year-old Ivonne Casimiro twice in the leg Thursday after the two got into a physical altercation. Casimiro was allegedly holding a screwdriver at the time.

Additionally, court records show the charges against Torres changed in the filing process. Torres is now looking at possession a stolen vehicle, a second-degree felony, two counts of burglary of a vehicle and theft, all class A misdemeanors, possession of paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, both class B misdemeanors.

Torres’ bail has been set at $20,0000 while Flores’ is $30,0000

Authorities said Casimiro could possibly face the following charges once she is released from the hospital: one count of possession of a stolen vehicle, two counts of burglary of a vehicle, one count of failure to comply with a lawful order of a peace officer and two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer. Her bail is unknown at this time as she has not yet been officially booked into the Iron County Correctional Facility.


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