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LOGAN — Law enforcement has identified the suspect who was reportedly shot by Cache County Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday afternoon in Paradise. Isaac Joel Washakie was transported to the Utah State Prison after receiving treatment for gunshot wounds at Intermountain Logan Regional Hospital.

Cache County Sheriff Chad Jensen said Washakie is from Draper. The 36-year-old man is not known in Cache Valley but is currently on parole from prison after previously being convicted for several crimes, including drug possession and sexually abusing a child.

According to emergency radio traffic, Tuesday afternoon around 1 p.m., Washakie burst into a Wellsville home, demanding the keys to a white minivan. He was armed with an AR 15 rifle and left in the minivan.

Deputies located Washakie, driving the stolen vehicle minutes later. He was reportedly traveling erratically and at a high rate of speed.

As deputies continued their pursuit, the minivan ran a red light and was travelling around 95 mph. The chase went from Wellsville, through Nibley and Hyrum.

Near 9300 S. 300 East in Paradise the van reportedly stopped and shots were fired.

Jensen said the Washakie was hit and transported to the hospital by paramedics. He was later released from the hospital in stable condition and transported back to prison.

No law enforcement were reportedly injured.

It is unknown how many shots were fired by the suspect or deputies.

Jensen said the two deputies involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave while the investigations are being completed.  The Northern Utah Critical Incident team is working on the officer-involved shooting. The team is being led by the Cache County Attorney’s Office.

Sheriff investigators are actively working the aggravated burglary case in Wellsville, and an internal investigation is being conducted as per sheriff’s office policy. Upon completion of the aggravated burglary investigation, criminal charges for Washakie will be reviewed with the County Attorney’s Office for formal charges.

Individuals arrested and charged in complaints are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.



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