MURRAY, Utah, Feb. 22, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — A man suspected of shooting at a Murray police officer Sunday night before being found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound has been identified.
Tyler Persellin, 29, of Midvale, was found dead in the Murray home just before 1 a.m. Monday.
SWAT teams were first dispatched to 584 W. Winchester Drive shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday when Persellin, initially thought to be a burglar or home invader, opened fire at a Murray police officer who was responding to the call.
According to Murray Police officer Kenny Bass, Persellin was the ex-boyfriend of one of two people inside the home. He emerged from the residence and fired at least one shot at the patrol officer, hitting him in his gun holster, before retreating back into the house.
The officer was uninjured.
Heavily armed members of the SWAT team took up positions outside the residence and attempted to make contact with the suspect, first by bullhorn, then by throwing a phone into the house.
When there was no response tear gas was fired into the home.
Four hours later police entered the residence and found Persellin’s body in a basement bedroom.