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Charges filed in shooting of Provo officers — investigation continues

Police officer and suspect both transported to the hospital after exchanging gunfire in Provo. (Photo credit: Matt Newey)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah County Attorney has filed three charges against Keith Justin Taylor of Provo surrounding the February 25 shooting incident with Provo police officers.

Taylor is facing three charges of attempted criminal homicide, aggravated murder, and one charge of felony discharge of a firearm. 

The incident involved a police officer discharging his weapon, and the matter is still under investigation by the Utah County Officer-Involved Critical Incident Team.

Taylor was identified by police as the man who was shooting at officers at the Vista Ridge Apartments in Provo on Thursday, Feb. 25.

Police documents show that Taylor had fled into his apartment at 80 S. 900 E. in Provo, after police had attempted to arrest him. They’d been called to the scene to investigate a gunshot.

The statement indicates that Taylor retrieved an AR-15 style rifle, and began firing on police.

Officer John Oseguera was seriously injured in the shooting after being hit at least twice in his lower body. He was able to take cover as other officers exchanged gunfire with Taylor, eventually wounding the suspect.

Keith Justin Taylor, 44, of Provo, Utah. Photo: Utah County Sheriff


Provo police said that Taylor was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital today. He was booked at the Utah County Jail for felony discharge of a firearm as well as three counts of attempted aggravated murder against Provo police officers.