A man was shot in the head while attending church in Ogden Sunday morning and the alleged shooter was arrested in Box Elder County Sunday afternoon after a call to 9-1-1.
Charles Richard Jennings, Jr., 36, appeared to have purposely targeted the victim, his father-in-law, shooting him in the back of the head at St. James Catholic Church, 495 North Harrison Blvd, just before noon. He then fled the scene in a stolen 1996 white GMC pickup truck. An attempt-to-locate the suspect, who was considered armed and dangerous, was sent out, but it was close to 3 p.m., before Box Elder County dispatch received a call saying the suspect had run out of gas, abandoned the vehicle on foot and walked off on a dirt road. Dispatch was told he was unsure where he was but wanted to turn himself into police and was now unarmed.
Dispatch was able to pinpoint his location as near the White’s Valley area off of I-84 at exit 34. The stolen truck was found and law enforcement personnel converged on the scene.
Orders from officers to the suspect were directed through dispatch and he was told to stand in the middle of the road with his hands in the air until officers arrived. Jennings was wearing jeans but no shirt when he was located.
Jennings was taken into custody by a Utah Highway Patrol trooper without incident and returned to Ogden. Box Elder County Search and Rescue team members were called to the scene and helped recover the weapon the suspect allegedly used on his targeted victim and then threw away.
The victim was transported to McKay-Dee Hospital in critical but stable condition. No other church goers were injured during the altercation.