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Utah Church Shooting Update: James Evans, man shot in the head during mass, expected to survive, report says

Utah church where James Evans was shot in the head by his son-in-law CBS affiliate KUTV

Utah church where James Evans was shot in the head by his son-in-law
CBS affiliate KUTV
(CBS/AP) OGDEN, Utah - Doctors say a man who was shot at an Ogden Catholic church during a Father's Day Mass on Sunday is awake and communicating with hand gestures and by writing.

McDay-Dee Hospital's Dr. Barbara Kerwin says James Evans was in critical condition Monday but is expected to live. He will need reconstructive surgery and rehab to learn to swallow and speak again. Tuesday is Evans' 66th birthday.

According to CBS affiliate KUTV, Evans was hit in the back of his head near his ear. The bullet exited his cheek, never touching his brain. His wife, Tara Evans, reportedly said her husband turned his head just before being hit, potentially saving his life

Police arrested his son-in-law, 35-year-old Charles Jennings Jr., after a highway chase in a stolen truck. Charges are expected to be filed Tuesday, and Jennings will appear by video for arraignment in Ogden.

While he entered the church with his wife, authorities don't expect to file any charges against her. It's not clear whether she knew her husband had the gun, or what she did after the shooting on Sunday.

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