11/13/2013 2:27:00 PM Shot probation officer out of the hospital Mohave County officer may have interrupted a burglary
Brian Stephens, far right, and officers with the Mohave County Probation Department take the loyalty oath in front of Judge Richard Weiss in this January 2012 photograph. An attorney who has an office in the same St. George, Utah, building, identified Stephens as the victim of a shooting Tuesday. (FILE/Miner)
KINGMAN - The Mohave County Probation officer who was shot in the leg early Tuesday morning in St. George, Utah, was released from Dixie Regional Medical Center in that city Wednesday morning.
The search for the person who shot him continues.
"We do not have a suspect at this time," said Sgt. Sam Despain, the public information officer at the St. George Police Department. "Our investigators are looking at all possible leads."
Despain declined to offer more information since the investigation remains active.
It remains unclear what exactly happened at about 6:20 a.m. when the officer arrived for work at a building that rents office space to the Mohave County Probation Department and about six private attorneys in the 400 East block of Tabernacle Street.
The suspect was described as about 6-foot tall and thin, wearing black clothes and a white hockey mask. The unconfirmed theory is that the officer interrupted a burglary in progress.
Travis Christiansen, an attorney who has an office in the same building as Mohave County Probation, told the Miner the officer is Brian Stephens. He said he believes Stephens interrupted a burglary in progress when he was shot.
However, neither Despain nor Mohave County Probation Chief Darrell Reeves would confirm the officer's identity or the circumstances surrounding his shooting. Reeves said it's the department's policy not to name personnel in situations like this.
"Overall, he's in good condition," said Reeves, who doesn't believe the shooter is a probationer under the department's supervision.
"He (the officer) walked into a situation," he said. "That's all I know at this point."
Despain said additional information would be made public once it becomes available.
Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2013
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Well Brian, welcome to "the club" I guess. Once upon a time I took two rounds in the line of duty from a full auto mac10. If you decide to keep wearing the badge, be advised the road back to "normal" isn't going to be a particularly easy one, nor even completely possible I suppose. Just keep in mind there are many before us who went through a whole lot worse but still kept on truckin! Think of all those poor bastards who spent time in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan not to mention hundreds of other places including here in the states and experienced a lot worse! Hugz, brother. Good officers like you are hard to come by. I hope you can stick with the gig. Lord knows the community needs good officers like you.