Police: Man Arrested For Shooting Two People In Lehi Road Rage Incident
Jan 26, 2021, 2:37 PM | Updated: 3:55 pm
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A Salt Lake City man was arrested after police said he shot two people during a road rage encounter on I-15 in Lehi.
A court affidavit said 31-year-old Jesse David Luker, of Salt Lake City, was booked into the Utah County Jail on five counts of aggravated assault and one count of shooting a gun from a vehicle, as well as a count of reckless endangerment.
In the court document, Luker said he was driving southbound in a black pickup truck ahead of a white pickup truck.
The affidavit identified the driver of the white truck as George Ruiz-Acosta.
“There was a road rage incident between both vehicles,” police said.
Luker told police during an interview that “the white truck was swerving towards him and it became more aggressive as they traveled.”
“Luker advised that the white truck was swerving hard towards him, at which point he shot four bullets at the white truck,” police said.
Luker said he was aiming for the tires on the white truck. He then told officers the white truck swerved toward him again.
“Luker advised that he shot a second group of bullets at the white truck, between 3 and 4 bullets, when he was attempting to take the next exit and the white truck swerved into the rear right side of his black truck, causing him to crash and collide with the barrier on the right side of the road over the 279 exit on I-15,” the court document said.
The white truck continued driving south and stopped at a hospital in American Fork. The document said two people inside the truck had been shot.
Lt. Nick Street with the Utah Highway Patrol said officers initially thought the driver of the white truck was in critical condition, but he was treated and released from the hospital the same day.
The passenger’s wound was initially considered to be just superficial, but he underwent surgery and was still hospitalized Tuesday, Street said.
“Luker was shooting his firearm while driving approximately 70 mph, out of his front passenger window, aiming at the tires of the white truck, but hitting the driver and left rear passenger,” the document said.
“Evidence at the scene indicates Luker fired multiple rounds towards the truck with multiple occupants inside (5 total occupants), and at the time of day the rounds were fired, there was also moderate to heavy passenger traffic and vehicles traveling on I-15.”