Heroic Sergeant Sacrificed in Brazen Attack by Alleged Semi-Truck Driver


A Hero’s Sacrifice: Utah Police Officer Killed by Fleeing Semi-Truck Driver

Santaquin, Utah – A dedicated police officer, Sgt. Bill Hooser, lost his life on Sunday while carrying out his duty during a routine traffic stop. The tragedy occurred early Sunday morning, casting a somber shadow over the Santaquin community.

A Life Dedicated to Service

Sgt. Bill Hooser, 50, was a respected and admired member of the Santaquin Police Department. Chief Rod Hurst described Hooser as “a top-notch officer” and “one of those guys that was really squared away.” Hooser served his community with pride and dedication for eight years.

A Heartbreaking Incident

On the fateful morning, Hooser was assisting a Utah Highway Patrol trooper with a traffic stop on Interstate 15. The truck driver, identified as 41-year-old Michael Aaron Jayne, allegedly fled the scene after being pulled over for suspicious behavior.

Jayne’s reckless actions turned deadly when he made an abrupt U-turn and intentionally struck Hooser, Hooser’s vehicle, and a UHP patrol vehicle. Hooser tragically succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Community Mourning

Sgt. Hooser’s untimely death sent shockwaves through the community. His wife of 29 years, two daughters, and granddaughter are left behind to mourn the loss of a beloved family member. His brother, Michael, said the family was devastated but took comfort in knowing that Hooser “died a hero, doing the job he loved.”

Suspect Apprehended

After an extensive search, Jayne was apprehended near Vernal, Utah, about 100 miles from the accident scene. He was allegedly driving a stolen pickup truck and was involved in a brief chase before crashing the vehicle.

Police said Jayne had a record of previous arrests and was believed to have stolen multiple vehicles during his flight from the fatal traffic stop.

Ongoing Investigation

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, with authorities continuing to gather evidence and determine the exact circumstances surrounding Hooser’s death. The community and law enforcement are working together to provide support and comfort to Hooser’s family during this difficult time.

A Legacy of Courage

Sgt. Bill Hooser will be remembered as a courageous and selfless officer who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. His legacy of service and dedication to his community will not be forgotten. The Santaquin Police Department and the entire law enforcement community offer their deepest condolences to Hooser’s family and friends during this time of profound loss.

Data sourced from: foxnews.com