Update: Armed robbery suspect dies 2 days after being shot by Cottonwood Heights police

A 2017 mugshot of Zane James. Photo Courtesy: Salt Lake County

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah, June 1, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — An armed robbery suspect shot Tuesday morning by Cottonwood Heights police has died.

Cottonwood Heights police officials said Thursday that Zane Anthony James, 19, had passed away. Officials said on Tuesday James was taken to an area hospital with what they described as non-life-threatening injuries.

The shooting was first reported about 6:30 a.m. in the area of 2200 E. 6600 South.

Cottonwood Heights public information officer Sgt. Ryan Shosted told Gephardt Daily the suspect, later identified as James, was wanted in two reported armed robberies overnight at a nearby Smith’s and a local Macy’s store.

According to Ryan, a Cottonwood Heights officer was on his way to work about 6:07 a.m. when he spotted the suspect driving a dirt bike matching the description of one reported from the early morning robberies.

A brief chase followed, and ended with the suspect being shot in a Cottonwood Heights neighborhood.

Neighbors say they awoke to the sound of gunfire, then saw officers administering first aid to a man on the front lawn of a nearby home.

Salt Lake City police have been called in to handle the investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

Officers from the Sandy Police Department are investigating the actual armed robberies.


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