SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, May 29, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Police in Salt Lake City have arrested a man who allegedly fired multiple shots at officers Saturday night as they stood outside a residence.
Lt. Tyrone Farillas, Salt Lake Police Department, said detectives provided a possible location of their suspect after the incident. Officers arrived at the residence, and based on the circumstances and the suspects lengthy criminal history, officers used “an element of surprise,” by breaching the door with an explosive device, Farillas said.
Once they gained entry to the home, officers took the suspect — a man in his 40s — and two females into custody.
Farillas said the suspect was on parole, and they were able to work with Adult Probation and Parol and West Valley City officers in locating and apprehending the suspect.
Lt. James Tracy, Salt Lake City Police Department, said police were searching for the man in connection to two incidents at a home near 1071 W. 1650 South. Officers were investigating one incident where it was reported one or more people had come by the residence with a gun.
“While officers were outside investigating, a man drove by and fired about nine rounds at our officers,” Tracy said. “No one was hit, and we are not able to find anything that has been hit.
Tracey said they believe they knew who they were looking for, but would still need to find evidence that confirms he was the one involved.
Officers believe the incidents are gang-related and police had been actively looking for the the suspect and his vehicle in an effort to get the shooter off the street as he was considered to be armed and dangerous.
It is unknown if any one else was involved. The investigation is ongoing, officers are still trying to determine if both incidents involve the same person or people, or if the cases are unrelated.
Police are not releasing the name of the suspect at this time.