UPDATE: Man found dead after firing shots at police in SLC identified

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Salt Lake City Police on scene of a barricaded individual near 1600 W 800 N. (ABC4)

WEDNESDAY 7/21/2021 10:52 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Police have identified the man found dead after exchanging gunfire with officers in Salt Lake City on Tuesday.

Police were called to a residence near Redwood Road and 800 N shortly before noon on Tuesday.

Officers were able to make contact with the individual inside the home but the suspect then fired several shots at officers.

Sgt. Keith Horrocks says officers returned fire at that time and had to take cover to protect themselves.

Because officers fired rounds, Sgt. Horrocks explains this is being investigated as an officer-involved critical incident.

Police were eventually able to get inside the residence, where they found the suspect dead. 

The man has been identified as 42-year-old Nevada Escholt. Authorities say it is unclear how Escholt died.

A man who says he knows Escholt spoke with ABC4 Tuesday.

Roberto Laguna says his friend lives next door Escholt’s residence. He says he visits his friend often and has spoken to the man a couple of times, including the day before the shooting.

“I saw him last night and he told me he might go to prison. And if I want anything from his apartment to let him know because he was going for a while,” Laguna tells ABC4.  

Court records show Escholt was charged with three counts of aggravated assault; intoxication; and purchasing, transferring, possessing, or using a dangerous weapon by a restricted person in May after he allegedly threatening people he thought were part of a rival gang with a knife. After being taken into custody for that incident, authorities say Escholt tried to kick and headbutt staff members.

Escholt was charged Tuesday with tampering with a witness and retaliating against a witness or victim. According to court documents, Escholt allegedly used a Facebook account with an alias to message a victim.

More details about the incident are expected to be released in the coming days.

Barricaded individual who fired shots at police in SLC found dead

TUESDAY 7/20/2021 9:42 p.m.

A barricaded suspect who exchanged gunfire with police in Salt Lake City Tuesday afternoon has died, law enforcement confirms. 

Officers responded to the area of 1600 West and 800 North at around 11:30 a.m. 

Officers arrived on scene and contacted the suspect, who then fired multiple shots at police. Officers returned fire and took cover nearby.

An hours-long standoff with the suspect ensued, as a SWAT team, negotiators, and social workers all attempted to get the suspect out of the residence safely. 

“They have a lot more tools that are less lethal that will also help in resolving this situation peacefully, we hope,” Sgt. Keith Horrocks said.  

Police were eventually able to get inside the residence, where they found the suspect dead. 

It is unclear if the suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or from when officers fired shots. 

The suspect’s identity has not been released. However, a man who spoke with ABC 4 News claims to know the suspect.  

Roberto Laguna said his friend lives next door to the suspect in Tuesday’s standoff. He said he visits his friend often and has spoken to the suspect a couple of times, including the day before the shooting.

“I saw him last night and he told me he might go to prison. And if I want anything from his apartment to let him know because he was going for a while,” Laguna said.  

When his friend called him to tell him the news, he said, “I guess today was the today” and that he “isn’t surprised.” 

As this is being investigated as an officer-involved critical incident, body camera footage of the incident will be released within 10 business days, according to Sgt. Keith Horrocks with the Salt Lake City Police Department. 

Police tell ABC4 that no one else was hurt in the shooting, including the officers.  

Suspect, police exchange gunfire during Salt Lake City incident

TUESDAY 7/20/2021 2:12 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – A SWAT team is attempting to negotiate with an individual who reportedly fired several shots at police in Salt Lake City this afternoon.

Police were called to a residence near Redwood Road and 800 N shortly before noon on Tuesday.

Officers were able to make contact with the individual inside the home but the suspect then fired several shots at officers.

Sgt. Keith Horrocks says officers returned fire at that time and had to take cover to protect themselves.

Because officers fired rounds, Sgt. Horrocks explains this is being investigated as an officer-involved critical incident.

Social workers and negotiators are on scene working to bring the barricaded individual out of the home peacefully. The SWAT team is also on scene to assist in the situation.

Sgt. Horrocks says the situation remains active and the public should avoid the area. Redwood Road is closed between 700 N and 1000 N at this time.

ORIGINAL STORY: SLC Police responding to barricaded individual near Redwood Road

TUESDAY 7/20/2021 1:31 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Police in Salt Lake City are currently responding to a barricaded individual on the city’s northwest side.

According to police, the incident is affecting traffic in the area of Redwood Road and 800 N to the east of the Salt Lake City International Airport.

Multiple emergency units can be seen on Redwood Road the scene near the Lucky grocery store.

The Utah Department of Transportation is reporting Redwood Road at 800 N is closed in both directions between 700 and 1000 N. At this time, UDOT estimates the scene will be cleared in over an hour.

Few details are available at this time, ABC4 will provide updates as they become available.

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