Jesse Taggart, 33, Charged With Attempted Murder For Allegedly Shooting Driver at Provo BLM Protest

Chris Menahan
Jul. 01, 2020

Black Lives Matter activist Jesse Taggart, 33, was arrested for allegedly shooting an elderly man during a riot in Provo, Utah on Tuesday and hit with a host of charges including attempted aggravated murder.

According to Provo Police, Taggart was charged with attempted aggravated murder, aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, rioting, threatening use of a weapon in a fight or quarrel, criminal mischief and firing a weapon near a highway.

This is how police described the shooting in a statement on Tuesday:
A white SUV was driving south on University Avenue before pulling into the right turn lane in an attempt to turn onto Center Street. Several protestors began crowding around the vehicle. A male protestor ran to the SUV on the passenger side, pointed a handgun at driver and shot one round through the window.

The driver, who was struck by the bullet, hit the gas trying to leave the situation. The same protestor ran after the vehicle and shot a second round that went through the rear passenger window. The video then shows that the protestor conceals the firearm and continues to protest. This same protestor later approached another vehicle at 500 North and University Avenue striking and breaking the window with the handgun.
Taggart attempted to demonize his victim as a "nazi" and "white supremacist" on Facebook before he was arrested.

"A natzi, white supremacist, or angry provo driver was allegedly shot during the Provo protests after driving through multiple people and running over one. Along with 5 other cars, provo Utah I'm sickened to see your response to the protests," Taggart wrote Tuesday on Facebook.

The Provo Police Department released the following statement Tuesday on Twitter:

As police noted, Samantha Darling, 27, of Ogden, Utah was also arrested and charged with obstruction of justice and rioting.

Her Facebook page is also filled with Black Lives Matter propaganda and says she works at Weber State University.

"Before you go off spouting opinions about what happened in Provo why don't you ask someone that WAS ACTUALLY THERE," Darling wrote on Facebook shortly before being arrested.

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