Suspect killed in West Valley City police shooting identified

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (News4Utah) –Police have identified a man killed in an officer-involved shooting Sunday afternoon.

A West Valley City police officer spotted a man matching a suspect description outside a convenience store located at 1940 West 3500 South. When an officer approached the man, later identified as Elijah James Smith, 20, he took off running.  

The initial officer and other officers pursued the suspect on foot. During the pursuit, police say the suspect entered the garage of a home located on Dana Shelby Court, encountered the homeowners and fled again.

The suspect then entered a second home located at 3551 S. Jenelles Bay, where three children, ages 13, 10 and 9 years old were alone inside. Three officers made contact at the home and were informed by one of the children that the suspect was inside the home.

Officers went inside the home and found the suspect. At some point during this encounter a West Valley City police officer fired his gun hitting Smith.  Smith died at the scene.

One West Valley officer fired his weapon. All three West Valley City officers on scene were wearing body worn cameras and those cameras were all turned on during the shooting. The body worn camera video has been turned over to the Officer Involved Critical Incident Team from Unified Police Department for their review as they conduct the investigation into this incident.

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