Authorities: Driver wanted suicide by police

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UPDATE: The man has been identified as Cody Ray McCray, 32, of West Bountiful. 


CENTERVILLE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) –  It was not the kind of 4th of July were hoping for.

An officer-involved shooting forced Legacy Parkway near Centerville to be shut down for a greater part of Tuesday.

“It’s an officers worse nightmare, it’s my worse nightmare,” said Chief Paul Child of Centerville Police. “It’s not something we wanted to happen on the 4th of July.”

Around two a.m. a West Bountiful patrol officer spotted the stolen vehicle and attempted to track him down. 

But he was unsuccessful.  Police said the driver was spotted in different locations in Davis County and they soon learned who he was.

“We received information that he was suicidal and that he wanted to be taken out by police,” said Child.
There were efforts to stop him but police were unsuccessful.  But as darkness turned into daylight there was another concern people were gathering for parades in Centerville and West Bountiful.

“This was a deep concern in law enforcement as we were receiving reports of this individual was traveling.” said Child.  “West Bountiful City was getting ready to have their parade. At the tail end of the parade when we had thousands of people lined along Main Street in Centerville, this individual started in the area.”

But police prevented the driver from entering their cities, keeping parade goers safe.

Instead, the driver turned to legacy highway where two pit maneuvers were attempted.

“They did not stop the suspect but he did turn around and started going southbound on the northbound lanes,” said Child. 

Child said the driver rammed his vehicle into one of their police cars.  He said another police car hit the suspect’s vehicle and pushed it off the road where it came to a stop.

Police wouldn’t state what caused a Utah Highway Patrol trooper to shoot, but earlier authorities claimed the driver was still in his vehicle when he was shot.

“At that point shots were fired by a highway patrol trooper,” said Child. “The subject was hit. Paramedics were on the scene and they determined that he had deceased.”

Police won’t release his name until family members are notified. They said he was a white male.

If the driver was ramming vehicles, law enforcement views that as a weapon used against them.

“That’s threatening, that’s aggressive,” said Colonel Mike Rapich with Utah Highway Patrol.  “It brings  a lot of concern and those are things that will probably be looked at as this investigation goes forward.”

Police said this was not the outcome that they were hoping for.  Child said they took a defensive approach in order to keep him out of their cities.  That strategy worked but Child said the outcome with the driver wasn’t what they were hoping for.

“We had a very tense,  a very scary situation and it ended up being a very sad situation,” said Child.

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