MIDVALE, Utah (ABC4 News) – A wild shootout at a busy Midvale intersection left a 22 year old suspect dead and the Unified Police Department with their second officer-involved shooting investigation in two days.
Friday’s incident unfolded around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of 7200 South and Bingham Junction Blvd but according to police, it all started East of the intersection at a Motel Six, where officers spotted a suspect in a string of robberies and drive-by shootings. The man had eluded police for weeks and got away in pursuit the previous day.
According to Sgt Melody Gray, ” Officers found the vehicle, they spiked the car, the car continued to flee from them running over the sidewalks through barrels, through this construction zone, where it came to rest here in this intersection.”
She continues “The driver and a female passenger got out of the car and ran…southbound, another passenger got out of the car and then produced a handgun and fired a round at officers. Officers then returned fire, the male was a 22-year-old male and we have just received word he is deceased. He was initially transported to a local hospital.”
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The original suspect and one woman were quickly taken into custody near the scene. The other woman apparently hid in some bushes for two hours before she was found around 8:40 PM.
Sgt. Cutler said a protocol team has been invoked, Protocol Team 1 will be investigating, they are on scene. She said no officers were injured. The name of the suspect will be released after notification of kin.
The officers who fired will be put on administrative leave.