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HERRIMAN, Utah Jan. 20, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Police from multiple agencies are searching for a suspect who has exchanged gunfire with officers and shot at a man inside his home before stealing the family’s car.
The ongoing incident is taking place in the south valley where officers were first called to an incident at the Monarch Meadow Apartments in Riverton at 13469 S. Dragonfly Lane just before 6 a.m. Saturday.
Unified Police Chief Rosie Rivera told Gephardt Daily an off duty officer noticed a suspicious person outside the apartment complex and stopped to investigate. Rivera said the man opened fire on the officer and then ran into a nearby neighborhood.
A second officer responded to the scene and ended up chasing the man on foot during which time the two exchanged gunfire.
The suspect escaped by climbing a fence and ultimately entering a home at 4949 West Duncan Meadow Lane where he shot a man in the chest and then stole the family’s car.
The wounded resident was reported in critical condition.
The suspect abandoned the stolen vehicle several minutes later at an intersection near South Ashland Ridge Drive and West Woodsmere Lane in Herriman. He then fled into a nearby neighborhood.
Police have set up a massive containment effort in the Juniper Point area and are sweeping the neighborhood using multiple K-9 units.
Attempts to use a helicopter in the search had to be scrubbed due to the weather.
Reverse 911 calls were made to residents within a two mile radius of the incident advising them to stay indoors and be aware of any suspicious activity.
The suspect is described as a male, dressed in black with a dark beard.
Gephardt Daily has crews on the scene and will update this developing story as more information becomes available.