The man killed following high speed chase, Friday night, has been identified as Cody J. Ramseyer, 49, of Sandy, Utah.
Agencies involved in the chase and shooting included Utah Highway Patrol, Willard Police, Harrisville Police, Pleasant View Police, Weber and Box Elder County Sheriff’s Officers. An illegal substance or alcohol is being looked at as the possible of cause of his erratic driving.
The case is being turned over to Utah Department of Public Safety State Bureau of Investigation who will work with the Box Elder County Attorney to determine if deadly force was warranted.
The high speed chase that began in Davis County ended with the shooting death of the driver near exit 357 in Willard Friday night.
Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry said the man, whose identification is not being released, died after being airlifted to MacKay-Dee Hospital. Investigators are still trying to piece together what occurred after the suspect car crashed near Willard Bay.
The chase began around 10 p.m. in Davis County after callers reported a maroon Denali traveling northbound at a high rate of speed and passing vehicles in the emergency lane of travel. Law enforcement officers from several different agencies attempted to stop the suspect as it traveled at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour through Weber County but were unsuccessful, Perry said. About 10:30 p.m., near 357 in Box Elder County, the car went off the right side of the road, into a ditch and onto the side of the freeway.
“At that point, contact was made with the suspect and a taser was deployed,” Perry said, followed by shots being fired.
Perry said both lanes of I-15 were closed temporarily during the incident and for a short time following as officers searched the area. The northbound lanes were closed for more than five hours as they made sure the scene was secured.
Several agencies took part in the chase but Perry said the names of those involved in the shooting are not being released at this time to avoid jeopardizing the ongoing investigation.