Police are looking for an armed suspect who opened fire on a Soda Springs resident during a burglary Tuesday night.
Soda Springs Police Chief Jon Bunderson said the suspect committed a string of crimes beginning at about 9:30 p.m., when he unlawfully entered a home on South Seventh Street.
The homeowner arrived at the residence and found the intruder inside. A struggle ensued and ended when the suspect opened fired on the male resident with a handgun. The suspect then fled to a residence across the street and stole a vehicle that had just arrived at that residence.
The victim’s name has not been released in order to protect the family until the suspect is in custody. Bunderson said the victim was not shot during the encounter with the armed intruder, but he did sustain minor injuries during the initial struggle.
Soda Springs police located the suspect in the stolen car about 10 minutes later and pursued the vehicle to Mountain Road, an area northeast of the city.
Bunderson said the suspect drove the vehicle off the road, over hills and through bushes. Soda Springs officers were unable to continue the pursuit.
About two hours later, the stolen vehicle was found crashed and abandoned near Blackfoot River and North Trail roads. There, the suspect stole a second vehicle, a white 2007 Dodge truck with a gas tank in the back.
The suspect was described as a white male, 5-feet, 6-inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He is believed to be in his early to mid-20s with dark hair. He was wearing a dark hoodie with some other material covering his face.
Bunderson said the suspect is wanted for robbery, attempted murder, and auto theft. He should be considered armed and dangerous.
Police are asking for the public’s help to identify the suspect. Anyone with information in the case is urged to call the Soda Springs Police Department at208-547-3213