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A man wanted in connection with a Brigham City armed robbery was shot during a confrontation with police early today near the Brigham City Hall.
Police say Matthew Jaramillo, 32, was shot at 12:26 a.m. after he stood in City Hall's East parking lot and fired a Romanian AK-47 assault rifle several times, said Lt. Michael Nelsen of the Brigham City Police Department.
A warrant was issued for Jaramillo's arrest on Monday for investigation of aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping and theft in the Saturday robbery of a Money Bags check-cashing business. Nelsen said Jaramillo communicated he was upset about police trying to find him and news reports that detailed the robbery.
"The only thing we know is he was very upset with us because we were trying to arrest him for the armed robbery. Why he picked City Hall (to shoot in front of) is anyone's guess," Nelsen said.
Police arrived at City Hall, 20 North Main, after a neighbor in the area reported a man firing his rifle into the air. Brigham City police and Box Elder County sheriff's deputies ordered Jaramillo to drop his rifle, but Jaramillo yelled back at officers and "continued to swing the gun in different locations," Nelsen said.
A sheriff's deputy fired at Jaramillo when the man allegedly pointed his gun at another officer. Jaramillo was hit three times and transported to the Brigham City Community Hospital in critical condition, Nelsen said.
He was later transferred to McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden by helicopter and underwent surgery for his wounds, Nelsen said. By afternoon, he was out of surgery and in serious condition, he said.
A family member contacted Tuesday declined to comment.
Police allege Jaramillo robbed Money Bags, 862 S. Main, around 1:22 p.m. on Saturday. He allegedly entered the business, leaped over the store's counter and held a knife to a 27-year-old female employee while demanding money from the cash drawer and safe.
Jaramillo allegedly ordered the employee to lock the business's front door before she began unloading the register, said Nelsen.
After purportedly receivimg more than $5,000 in cash, Jaramillo allegedly took the employee back to the store and tied her hands behind her back. He then reportedly left the business in a blue Isuzu Rodeo, Nelsen said.
The employee untied herself after the suspect left and was not injured.
Court records show Jaramillo has a criminal history. He pleaded guilty to third degree felony theft charges in 1994.
Police said after Tuesday's shooting that they believe Jaramillo fired eight founds while in the parking lot, based on shell casings found at the scene, Nelsen said.
The sheriff's deputy who wounded Jaramillo was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
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