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August 5, 2021

Man apprehended after police pursuit that began with shots fired

AMERICAN FORK — The American Fork Police Department apprehended a man Saturday afternoon after an encounter where officers fired their weapons, police say.

Around 1:30 p.m., the department was contacted about a vehicle driving into oncoming traffic around 500 East and 300 North in American Fork, according to a press release. The vehicle was identified as a stolen vehicle that was involved in an incident in Pleasant Grove earlier in the day.

Officers from both American Fork and Pleasant Grove police departments arrived on scene and attempted to contact the driver. The driver was “immediately non-compliant” and wouldn’t follow officers’ commands, the press release says. Police identified the driver as 41-year-old Matthew Jay Bryan.

During the encounter, officers fired their weapons, according to the press release. No details as to why the shots were fired were given in the release.

Police said Bryan then fled the scene in the vehicle and officers pursued. Bryan was stopped in Lehi where other officers had deployed tire deflation devices and flattened one side of the vehicle’s tires, causing it to later crash into a parked car.

Police said Bryan fled on foot through multiple yards before officers apprehended him.

No one involved was injured in the incident, according to the press release.

The Utah County Officer Involved Critical Incident Protocol Team will conduct an investigation.

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