Man Suffers Heart Attack While Allegedly Attempting To Steal Car

| by Tony Tran

A Utah man was hospitalized on Monday after he suffered a heart attack while allegedly attempting to carjack a woman.

Shane Patrick Gormley, 30, led Utah Highway Patrol troopers on three chases throughout the past week, including one in which he fled on a stolen motorcycle. The motorcycle belonged to Gormley’s brother-in-law, who helped identify him to law enforcement officials.

On Monday morning, a trooper went to Gormley’s girlfriend’s apartment and the suspect’s car was running in the back. According to reports, Gormley jumped out of a window and landed on the car. The trooper attempted to stop the suspect from leaving by driving his patrol car in front of Gormley’s. The suspect was unable to drive away, so he fled his vehicle and ran down a neighborhood street.

He then attempted to steal a truck driver’s car but failed. He then came upon another car being driven by a woman.

“He jumped into that vehicle on top of the lap of a 53-year-old woman and began to punch and beat her in an attempt to carjack her vehicle,” said Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Chris Simmons.

Gormley tried to flee in the vehicle while pushing the woman out of it. However, the woman was able to prevent him from doing so -- and possibly running over a trooper.

The trooper was able to reach Gormley and fire his Taser at him. Other troopers were on the scene to get the woman to safety while Gormley struggled with law enforcement officials. He was Tasered three more times.

Gormley was eventually arrested. However, when he was placed into handcuffs and taken out of the car, he reportedly went into cardiac arrest.

Officials on the scene removed Gormley’s handcuffs and gave him first aid before he was taken to a hospital, where he was placed into a medically induced coma.

Medical officials later discovered that he had been under the influence of methamphetamine as well as opiates at the time of the incident.

Gormley was kept in a medically induced coma overnight in order for him to come off of his high.

Gormley was convicted for felony shoplifting in May. He was sentenced to one year in jail, but participated in a work-release program. Police said Gormley had recently stopped reporting back to his holding facility. 

He was also convicted of retail theft in 2013 and aggravated robbery in 2006, according to state court records obtained by Deseret News.

Source: Deseret News, KSL

Photo Credit: Deseret News