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MAGNA, Utah, April 17, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A man was killed and a woman injured after threats phoned into police dispatchers early Tuesday morning led to an officer-involved shooting in Magna.
Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Riviera told Gephardt Daily the deadly chain of events began about 4:15 a.m. when a man called emergency dispatchers from the Millcreek area and said he was holding a woman against her will. He indicated he would harm her if police did not “clear out of the area or he would stab her with a knife.”
According to Rivera, Unified Police officers were trying to determine the caller’s identity and location when the suspect called dispatchers a second time and once again threatened to harm the woman.
Unified Police officers soon located the suspect’s vehicle after “pinging” his cell phone and a chase began — stretching from Millcreek all the way to Magna.
Unified officers, along with police from West Valley City, were closing on the vehicle near the intersection of 2700 South 8400 West when a Unified officer opened fire mortally wounding the suspect.
The incident is now being investigated by members of the Salt Lake City Police Department as per the state’s Officer-Involved Crisis Investigation protocol.
Gephardt Daily has a crew on the scene and will provide more information as it becomes available.