Attack on a ranger
Utah State Parks Ranger Brody Young was reported in serious condition at St. Mary’s Hospital Monday.
The condition of the man who is suspected of shooting Young, Lance Leeroy Arellano of the Provo area, remained unknown. That’s because searchers had yet to find Arellano as of mid-afternoon Monday, three days after Young was shot while conducting a traffic stop at the Poison Spider Mesa Trail southwest of Moab near the Colorado River.
Unless Arellano somehow managed to avoid a containment effort that involves 160 law officers, he likely is in for a difficult time. Authorities recovered a rifle, backpack and a tattered, bloody T-shirt while searching for him over the weekend. And Grand County Sheriff Jim Nyland said he believes Arellano is still in the contained search area. “There’s not any possible way for him to leave the area without us knowing,” Nyland said, according to the Associated Press.
Moreover, the weather forecast for Moab is much the same as for the Grand Valley in the coming days — sunshine but cool today, with snow tonight and tomorrow and cold on Thanksgiving Day.
We hope the massive search effort finds Arellano soon and — if he is responsible for the shooting of Young — brings him to justice for the wanton attack.
In the meantime, we join countless people in Utah and Colorado in wishing Brody Young a full and speedy recovery.