Suspect Identified in Utah Deputy Murder; Shooting Apparently Over Stolen Burritos

The hunt is on for the man authorities believe shot and killed a Utah sheriff's deputy yesterday.

Kane County, Utah, sheriff's deputy Brian Harris was killed as he was chasing a burglary suspect three miles east of Fredonia.

Police have identified a suspect in the case as 23-year-old Scott Curley. Police say he's believed to be hiding in a six-mile, mountainous area east of Fredonia.

Authorities in Utah and Arizona held a late press conference last night saying Curley's friends told officers Curley had food stored in what officers called "spider holes" in the mountains where he's believed to be hiding, the Salt Lake Tribune is reporting.

Police were after Curley for a string of burglaries in Kanab, Utah, in which he targeted schools and stole bizarre things like a box of burritos. Harris caught up with him and during a foot pursuit that spilled from Utah to Arizona, Curley, police believe, shot and killed the officer with a high-powered rifle.

Curley may be connected to another burglary at a school in Fredonia. In that burglary, the suspect reportedly pointed a rifle in the face of a janitor.

Curley is described as a 5-foot-7, 170-pound Native American. Police consider him armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about Curley's whereabouts is asked to call police.

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