Theft suspect killed in officer-involved shooting after fleeing from West Valley business

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WEST VALLEY CITY (News4Utah) – West Valley Police confirm that one man is dead after an officer-involved shooting Sunday afternoon.

According to West Valley Police Chief Colleen Jacobs, around 3:15 p.m., West Valley City officers responded to a theft at a cell phone business near 3400 S. Redwood Road, where the suspect had fled. Later, an officer spotted a male matching the suspect description and approached him near 1940 West 3500 South. The suspect fled on foot with officers pursuing.

Chief Jacobs adds that at some point during the pursuit, the suspect broke into a home. After a confrontation with the owners, the suspect fled the first home. The suspect then broke into a second home with three children inside. Officers went inside the home and at some point, shots were fired.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. They said the suspect had no relationship to any of the people living in both homes he broke into. No additional injuries were reported.

Investigators have not confirmed whether the suspect was armed or if he has a criminal history.

An Officer Involved Critical Incident (OICI) team from the Unified Police Department will be conducting the investigation.

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