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Manhunt for Fugitive After Utah Officer's Murder

Manhunt for Fugitive After Utah Officer's Murder

Josie Greathouse Fox (Millard County Photo)

The AP via YellowBrix

January 06, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY — The man charged with Tuesday’s fatal shooting of a Utah sheriff’s deputy had just sold drugs to a relative of the slain officer on a remote desert road, according to court papers.

Roberto Miramontes Roman was charged about 10 hours after the shooting with capital murder and tampering with evidence. A manhunt led authorities to a west Salt Lake City neighborhood, where police believe they saw him run from a house and disappear.

Roman, 37, is accused of leaving deputy Josie Greathouse Fox dead from a gunshot wound after a traffic stop near Delta, about 130 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. If caught and convicted on the murder charge, Roman could face the death penalty.

Roman had just sold drugs to Ryan Greathouse, according to 4th District Court papers. Greathouse is a relatives of Greathouse Fox, a Millard County sheriff’s office spokeswoman told The Associated Press. Lindsay Mitchell declined, however, to specify the relationship.

Less than hour before the shooting, another deputy saw two cars meet on a dirt road. One of the cars was traced back to Ryan Greathouse, who told deputies he bought drugs from Roman and another man during the encounter.

Greathouse also provided police with Roman’s cell phone number and identified him from a photograph, court papers say. Detectives later traced a signal from Roman’s cell phone to a tower along Interstate 15 in Salt Lake County.

Police converged on a home in Salt Lake City where Roman is believed to have relatives, but nobody was found inside the house, a shed or a trailer after an hourslong standoff.

City police seized an orange Corvette at the residence. Court papers say the car’s license plates were bolted earlier Tuesday to a gray Cadillac seen by Millard County Sgt. Rhett Kimball during the alleged desert drug transaction.

Kimball had radioed Greathouse Fox to stop the Cadillac as it headed toward Delta on state Route 50 about 1 a.m. Tuesday. Nine minutes later, Kimball found Greathouse Fox dead on the highway, court papers say.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    I hope they fry him.....

  • Car6_max50


    over 4 years ago


    God bless you for your service, R.I.P. Officer Fox. God bless your family for their loss.

  • Sfs_desktop_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I hope this puke doesn't leave Utah! Wish I could see a pic of this guy in case he makes his way to Oregon.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 4 years ago


    RIP Deputy Fox. Reeled him in, now clean him and fry him!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    God Bless you Deputy Fox, keep the streets of Heaven safe until we see you again on our last watch. We will do the best we can down here without you!!!!!!

  • Advance_seal_max50


    over 4 years ago



  • 25-1-13-a_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Well Ryan Greathouse, it would look at this time that you are on your way to redemption. The press just released information of the capture of one Roberto Miramontes Roman who shot and killed your sister.

  • 25-1-13-a_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Another article that I read identified the person / relative buying drugs from Roman as "Ryan Greathouse" as the brother of Deputy Fox. The article reported that he "feels bad about what had happened to his sister." WELL NO $h!T..... GOOD GOD, I SHOULD HOPE SO YOU MISERABLE POS TWEEKER. YOUR SELFISH HABIT AND YOUR NEED TO GET HIGH JUST GOT YOUR SISTER KILLED. I hope this incident will finally bring you to your senses and force you to become straight clean and sober. You had also better be giving investigators everything you know to catch this POS....... It may be the one thing that redeems your sorry @$$.

  • Knighttemplar2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I agree with Greg. A gunnery in the coroners office is just fine!

  • Greg2005_max50


    over 4 years ago


    custody? whats that? a gurney at the medical examiners office is my kind of custody!

  • Meandhim_max50


    over 4 years ago


    got em in custody!!! great job guys

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace Deputy Fox. Hope they get the POS and bring him back in a body bad.

  • Steve_mcqueen_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Here it is the 6th. of January and FOUR OFFICERS ARE LISTED ON THE OFFICER DOWN PAGE AND ONE MORE FROM THE WORCESTER POLICE DEPARTMENT WHO IS NOT LISTED YET. I can only prey to GOD that my prediction for this year of a record amount of Officers Down will take place because of Political Correctness run amuck." Washington State has just given the right to vote to felons in prison" .
    I am not going to Editorialize on Politics here . We as a Brother and Sisterhood of Law Enforcement Peace Officers have Sworn an Oath to Uphold the Law and Keep the Peace. In an effort to do this thing called "Public Service" , we encounter the Worst of the Worst and the Worst of the Best in our efforts. Some place along the line "WE ALL PUT OUR FAITH IN ST. MICHAEL TO PROTECT THE PROTECTORS". May the Father and Two Children who have had there Wife and Mother so horrifically taken away from them please understand that Deputy Fox "IS A HERO AND WILL ALWAYS BE A HERO". I know that nothing can replace her loss to them , but under no circumstances can words ever replace her. "YOU MAY NOW TAKE YOUR RIGHTFUL PLACE OF HONOR DEPUTY JOSIE GREATHOUSE FOX PATROLLING THE STREETS OF HEAVEN WITH THE OTHER HERO'S WHO HAVE PASSED BEFORE YOU". May you Family take solace in your memories left behind. R.I.P.

  • Evgeni_nabokov_max50


    over 4 years ago



  • P_mville_2_3_665_max50


    over 4 years ago


    First of all, I want to say RIP Deputy Fox and I extend my condolences to the Millard County Sheriffs Department and her family and friends. Now on to this piece of scum he should have never been allowed into this country to begin with along with all the others that want to come into our country because all they do is cause nothing but trouble and don't respect our rules, regulations and laws. They always say that when stopped by the police is that things are done differently in their country - well if you don't like the way things are done in this country then don't come here and personally I believe is that you don't belong here anyway. Stay in your own country if all your going to do when you get here is complain about how things are done. Stop giving our hard-working men and women in law enforcement a hard time because you don't want to follow the laws of this country. If the guy was fighting his deportation it should have been denied and he should have been shipped back to his own country where his behavior is more acceptable. Now we have a dead Deputy because mistakes were made in the system and he was allowed to stay in this country.

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