SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A suicidal man who fired a shotgun on police has been taken into custody.
Scott Harper of the Davis County Sheriff's Office tells ABC4 that the man, whose name is not being released at this time, has been transported to a local hospital via AirMed with three self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Harper says the man, in his 40s, was conscious and breathing despite his injuries.
This all started when police conducted a welfare check on the man's North Salt Lake home around 4:30pm Sunday afternoon. When police arrived the suspect was not home. His family told police they were concerned he was suicidal. Police pinpointed the man's location by tracking his phone. At the time he was in west Salt Lake City, north of the Salt Lake International Airport.
The suspect had crashed his black Acura in a marsh. Police did not know how.
When the man was confronted by police, he ran away and into southern Davis County where he was later located in a marsh.
Around 7pm, police received a call from a man on an ATV who reported being shot at near the area of 2900 North and 3200 West. A Utah Highway Patrol helicopter was sent out to locate the suspect. Harper tells ABC4 that the man fired three shots at the helicopter, but nobody was injured. A SWAT team on the ground had eyes on the suspect.
Closer to 10pm, the suspect made it back to his car where he barricaded himself inside. He fired another shot at police as they closed in on the vehicle. From there, SWAT members fired tear gas into his car and took him into custody.
This isn't the first time police have had an issue with the man. Police say two years ago he barricaded himself inside his north Salt Lake home, threatening to hurt himself.
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