UPDATE: Suspect who exchanged gunfire with police in Southern Utah dies

Southern Utah News

Courtesy: Jordan Verdadeiro

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MONDAY 10/11/2021 2:22 p.m.

ROCKVILLE, Utah (ABC4) – The man accused of firing multiple rounds at vehicles and police while leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a chase through southern Utah earlier this month has died.

On October 6, police received a report stating that Shannon Alan Griffin, 55, reportedly brandished a weapon toward a man and his daughter in Hurricane. Officers spotted Griffin’s vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. Griffin, the driver and only occupant of the car, fled the scene after an officer attempted to remove him from his car.

Griffin reportedly began firing gunshots at multiple vehicles as he fled from police through Hurricane, LaVerkin, and Virgin. Police used tire deflation devices in an attempt to stop Griffin, puncturing one of his tires. He eventually stopped in the middle of the roadway in Rockville, got out of his vehicle, and exchanged gunfire with officers. He then ran into a nearby neighborhood. Authorities received a report of a single gunshot while they were looking for Griffin.

They later found Griffin in a backyard with what police say appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says Griffin died as an apparent result of the self-inflicted injury on Saturday, October 9.

The investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

Rockville shooting suspect identified by police

WEDNESDAY 10/7/2021 4:06 p.m.

SOUTHERN UTAH (ABC4) – The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man who led multiple police agencies on a pursuit on State Route 9, while firing at vehicles and at police Wednesday afternoon.

Around 3:41 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, police received a report stating that Shannon Alan Griffin, 55, reportedly brandished a weapon toward a man and his daughter on State Street in Hurricane. Officers spotted Griffin’s vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. Griffin, the driver and only occupant of the car fled the scene after an officer attempted to remove him from his car.

Griffin reportedly began firing gunshots at multiple vehicles as he fled from Hurricane County police through the cities of Hurricane, LaVerkin, and Virgin.

Springdale-Zion Canyon Police Department used tire deflation devices in an attempt to stop Griffin at milepost 25 on State Route 9. One of Griffin’s tires were punctured and an officer shot at Griffin as he drove through, a press release explains.

Griffin eventually stopped in the middle of the roadway in Rockville, got out of his vehicle, and exchanged gunfire with officers. He then ran into a nearby neighborhood.

With multiple SWAT members on scene, officials used a helicopter and drones to canvas the area Griffin had run to. Shortly after, reports of a single gunshot were reportedly fired by “an individual other than law enforcement,” according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Around 6:15 p.m., police found Griffin in a backyard with what police say appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He was then transported to St. George Regional Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

No other major injuries were reported during the incident.

The Washington County Critical Incident Task Force is requesting any citizens who may have footage of the incident, to reach out to the Hurricane Police Department.

ORIGINAL STORY: UPDATE: Suspect exchanges gunfire with police during pursuit near Zion National Park

WEDNESDAY 10/6/21 9:13 p.m.

ROCKVILLE, Utah (ABC4) – A man is in custody after exchanging gunfire with police during a pursuit through Rockville, Wednesday afternoon.

According to a press release, officers responded to a call about a man brandishing a handgun during an argument in the city of Hurricane around 3:41 p.m. Officers located the suspect’s car and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.

The suspect drove away in his vehicle and began shooting at police as they pursued him towards Zion National Park.

As the suspect drove into Rockville, he exchanged gunfire with police, crashing his Ford Pickup truck shortly after.

After exiting his vehicle, the suspect shot at officers once again and before running into a nearby neighborhood.

Around 6:15 p.m., police located the man who appeared to have a suspected gunshot wound.

He was transported to St. George Regional Hospital. His current status is unknown.

The suspect’s name has not been released at this time.

“The investigation is still in the early stages and is expected to proceed throughout the night. Additional information will likely be released tomorrow as it becomes available,” the Washington County Critical Incident Task Force said.

Investigators are asking any potential victims who have not yet spoken with police, to contact dispatch at (435)-634-5730 to speak with an investigator.

ORIGINAL STORY: Suspect in custody after active shooter situation in Rockville

WEDNESDAY, 10/6/21, 6:43 P.M.

ROCKVILLE, Utah (ABC4) – Police confirm a suspect in connection with the active shooter situation in Rockville has been taken into custody.

The public is still advised to shelter in place and avoid SR-9 as law enforcement continues their investigation.

The suspect’s identity has not yet been released.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Police respond to active shooter situation in Rockville

WEDNESDAY: 10/6/2021 4:41 P.M.

ROCKVILLE, Utah (ABC4) – An active shooter is reportedly on the run in Rockville, Wednesday evening after a pursuit began on SR-9 near Zion National Park.

Witnesses say during the pursuit, the suspect shot at multiple vehicles, shattering the driver’s side window of an Audi.

Multiple police agencies pursued the suspect, who then reportedly drove towards LaVerkin. He was last seen running towards Bridge Road in Rockville.

The suspect is described as a white male, in his 50s with a grey beard, wearing glasses and a gray T-shirt with a blue hat.

Both directions of SR-9 are closed near Zion National Park. Officials say major delays are expected so drivers should take alternate routes.

According to the Springdale Police Department, the suspect is “armed and dangerous.”

Residents in the area are advised to shelter in place as police continue their investigation.

ABC4 will continue to update the story as more information becomes available

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