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Mesquite shooting suspect and passenger in car identified

Joyce Lupiani

Photo: Image by COURTESY OF MESQUITE POLICE DEPARTMENT

Mesquite shooting suspect and passenger in car identified

CREATED Mar. 22, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Mesquite Police Department has identified both suspects in the shooting involving a Mesquite police officer on March 21.

They have been identified as 40-year-old Daniel Wesley Runyon of Richfield, Utah, and 48-year-old Tina Cornell of St. George, Utah.

Mesquite police officer Craig Empey encountered Runyon and Cornell during a traffic stop.

After pulling their car over, Runyon allegedly pulled a gun and fired at the officer. Empey returned fire and hit Runyon twice.

Runyon is being charged with two counts of assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, trafficking a controlled substance (methamphetamine), conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substance act, ex-felon in possession of a firearm and more.

Runyon is currently in stable condition at University Medical Center.

Cornell is also being charged with trafficking a controlled substance (methamphetamine), conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substance act, possession of drug paraphernalia, and transporting a controlled substance.

Cornell is currently being held in the Clark County Detention Center.

Officer Empey was treated at Mesa View Regional Hospital in Mesquite.

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