BLM activist charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting an elderly man during riot in Utah

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 2nd, 2020 4:17 pm

Last Updated Jul 3rd, 2020 at 4:27 pm

A Black Lives Matter activist was arrested for allegedly shooting an elderly man during a riot in Provo, Utah, on Tuesday.

Jesse Taggart, 33, was hit with a list of charges, including attempted aggravated murder, aggravated assault, rioting, threatening use of a weapon, criminal mischief, and firing a weapon near a highway.

Provo Police detailed 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 protesters began crowding around the vehicle. A male protester ran to the SUV on the passenger side, pointed a handgun at the 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 protester ran after the vehicle and shot a second round that went through the rear passenger window. The video then shows that the protester conceals the firearm and continues to protest. This same protester later approached another vehicle at 500 North and University Avenue striking and breaking the window with the handgun.

Video footage shows a white SUV being swarmed by protesters as it tries to maneuver through the crowd. A slow-motion feed shows Taggart firing into the vehicle.

Before he was arrested, Taggart shamed his victim on Facebook, calling him a "Nazi" and "white supremacist."

"A natzi [sic], 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.


There are 13 comments on this article.

You must become a subscriber or login to view or post comments on this article.