UPDATED: FRIDAY 2/18/22 3:31 P.M.
SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (ABC4) – A West Jordan K-9 that was killed during a hostage situation in South Jordan is being hailed as a hero for saving officers’ lives during the incident.
Police say as officers were trying to detain the suspect, Maya jumped to help in an attempt to detain the man. The suspect began shooting and Maya blocked the shots from hitting officers.
The suspect was eventually shot and killed by officers behind the Jordan Credit Union late Thursday evening.
The Jordan Credit Union is now raising money through a GoFundMe in Maya’s memory to help the police department find another dog, which they say can cost up to $9,000.
UPDATED: THURSDAY 2/17/21 9:28 P.M.
SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (ABC4) – A man was shot and killed by officers in South Jordan after police say he held a woman against her will.
Police say the suspect killed was a correctional officer with the Utah Department of Corrections.
Officers responded to a report of an aggravated assault where they say the suspect was allegedly holding a woman against her will around 11 a.m. Thursday morning.
When the woman broke free, the man began chasing her.
Offers located the man and pursued him into Jordan Landing. Due to safety concerns, officers ended their pursuit.
When police located the man a second time, a second pursuit began, this one was also halted due to safety concerns.
While police continued to search for the suspect, they learned that the man was able to contact family members of the woman he was holding against her will. He threatened those family members with a weapon, police say.
Detectives contacted the suspect and began negotiating with him by phone while keeping him under surveillance.
A third pursuit ensued which ended in South Jordan at 11400 South and Redwood Road Thursday evening. When the suspect’s tires were spiked, he fled the scene with a gun and was shot by officers behind the Jordan Credit Union, police say.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Maya, a K-9 with the West Jordan Police Department was also killed during the incident.
Officers with West Jordan PD, South Jordan PD, and Unified PD all assisted in this incident.
The incident is under investigation. No other details have been released.
ORIGINAL STORY: DEVELOPING: Heavy police presence in South Jordan, reports of shots fired
SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (ABC4) – There is a heavy police presence building in South Jordan Thursday evening.
Several officers are on the scene of an unspecified incident at 11400 South and Redwood Road. There have been reports of shots fired in the area.
ABC4 has a crew at the scene gathering the latest information on this developing story.
THIS STORY WILL BE UPDATED.