Update: Juvenile suspect booked after multi-agency response to Heber City store burglary

Police lights. File photo: Gephardt Daily

HEBER CITY, Utah, Sept. 9, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — One juvenile male is in custody and additional charges may be filed after the burglary Sunday night of a Utah State Liquor Store in Heber City.

Heber City Police were dispatched at about 6:30 p.m. after an alarm sounded at the store.

“Upon arriving on the scene, officers observed broken glass at this business, and set up a perimeter on the building,” says a statement released Monday morning by the HCPD. “During this time, officers reported that shots were fired.”

Local law enforcement agencies responding to the call of shots fired included the Wasatch County Sheriff, Utah State Parks, Utah Highway Patrol, Summit County Sheriff, U.S. Forest Service, Park City Police Department, and the Summit/Wasatch SWAT Team.

Investigators said glass doors at the State Liquor Store, at 262 E. Gateway Drive, had been shattered. They also reported windows appeared to be shot out in the rear of a next door medical clinic.

The nearby Heber Valley Hospital was put on lock-down for two hours, while law officers went building to building along Gateway Drive and 1200 South in their search for accomplices.

Employees at other businesses locked their doors or hunkered down until they were given the all-clear.

About the same time, a video, allegedly showing a suspect shooting his way into the liquor store, surfaced on social media. The shadowy figure appeared to record the video himself and can be heard saying he may need to “shoot out some windows” just before opening fire on the front door windows and making his way inside.

Viewers who commented on the video said the shooter originally streamed the gun play live on social media.

Police said they had yet to confirm the video’s authenticity.

“A perimeter was set up to contain the area, and two persons of interest were detained during this time. These persons were interviewed by investigators. At this time, one juvenile male has been booked into Juvenile Detention for several criminal charges. More charges may be filed.

“After interviewing the second individual, it was determined that they were not involved in this incident, and was released.”

The incident is still under investigation.

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