Officers Kill Salt Lake County Man Who Allegedly Threatened To Blow Up Waste Incinerator


TOOELE COUNTY (ABC4 Utah News) – Law enforcement officers shot and killed an armed man they say was threatening to blow up a hazardous waste incinerator Sunday morning in Aragonite.

The Clean Harbors Incineration Facility is located about 2.5 miles south of Interstate 80 at the Aragonite exit (Exit 56). It’s about 16 miles west of Delle and 34 miles west of Grantsville.

Each year the Clean Harbors incinerator processes about 50,000 tons of hazardous waste like solvents, paints and chemicals. Around 6:45 am Sunday there was a different kind of hazard: workers reported that a man armed with a gun and a knife followed them inside a fenced, restricted area and threatened to detonate the facility’s propane tanks.

“He was outside their facility making threats,” Tooele County Sheriff Paul Wimmer told reporters. “Possible bomb threats that he wanted to blow up the facility.”

The plant went into lockdown with all employees kept inside.

Investigators say that when a Utah Highway Patrol trooper and a Tooele County deputy arrived, the man pointed the gun at them.

“He presented a gun and the officers fired upon him,” Sheriff Wimmer said. “At that point the subject crawled under his vehicle at which time we thought we had a barricaded situation that was slow to resolve. upon resolution of that we found that the individual had passed away.”

The bomb squad was called in and employees were evacuated to a parking lot 2 miles away but no explosives were found.

The two officers at the scene are now on administrative leave pending the investigation, which is being handled by the Utah County Sheriff’s Department.

Sgt. Spencer Cannon of the UCSD said the man who was killed was a Salt Lake County resident in his 30’s and his name would likely be released Monday morning.

Sheriff Wimmer said his connection to the Clean Harbors facility, if any, was not yet known.

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