Breaking: Police exchange fire with gunman in Herriman; resident shot as suspect enters home, steals car

Police set up containment efforts after a man opened fire on officers in Riverton early Saturday morning, Jan. 20, 2018. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Justin Anderson

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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 find a car stolen then ditched by a suspected gunman near South Ashland Ridge Drive and West Woodsmere Lane in the aftermath of a shootout with officers early Saturday morning in Herriman. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Justin Anderson

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.

SWAT officers begin staging in Herriman as police search for a man who opened fire on officers early Saturday morning, Jan. 20, 2018. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

Gephardt Daily has crews on the scene and will update this developing story as more information becomes available.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I was shoveling snow at my home on Black Powder Dr when a Police car drove by and asked me to go in the house and lock my doors. I’m so thankful for our public servants for all they do. I’m praying for their safety.

  2. My son just called and said that he was doing the same thing…shoveling snow in his driveway, so that he could go to work and the police told him to go back into his home with his family. The police protect us from this kind of domestic terrorism and they do a wonderful job. Many prayers are with them this day and also hope they remain safe. They are also our neighbors and friends…

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