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Santaquin officer killed by truck driver, authorities search for ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect

SPANISH FORK – The Spanish Fork Fire Department announced Sunday that a Santaquin police officer was struck by a truck driver and died from his injuries.

The department said Interstate 15 in South Payson was closed and traffic was allowed to detour through West Mountain.

Lt. Mike Wall of the Santaquin Police Department said the officer was killed while assisting on a call. Wall said the situation turned out to be suspicious and the driver “ran over” the officer, killing him.

The driver escaped unhurt and officers are still looking for him. Payson police say they consider him armed and dangerous.

Churches have assigned priesthoods to guard all doors and police are still actively searching with sirens blaring,” Payson police said.

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