Paramedics try to save man's life "for several minutes"
By REBECCA PALMER
KAYSVILLE — A man being investigated for a Utah County robbery died after police shot him on Interstate 15 on Monday evening.
The rush hour chase stopped northbound traffic on the interstate for several hours, causing traffic to be diverted to other northbound thoroughfares, all of which became clogged quickly.
The chase started in Lehi after two Draper City police went to the city looking for the suspect, said Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Dwayne Baird. They wanted to question him in regard to a burglary that occurred Friday, Feb. 22 at a Chase Bank at 223 E. 12300 South in Draper.
The Draper officers joined Lehi officers and went looking for the man at a local motel at about 4 p.m. Monday. The suspect saw them coming, jumped into his truck and sped northbound on I-15 through Salt Lake County and into Davis County.
“Keep in mind this was happening during rush hour traffic,” said Baird. “The main priority of law enforcement is to make sure that they keep everybody safe as they pursue an armed suspect of a bank robbery.”
In Salt Lake County, officers spiked the truck and flattened both of its left tires, but the truck continued on. By the county line, the suspect was driving on sparking rims.
During the chase, police told one another the suspect had a gun and that he had threatened police before over their radios, but the highway patrol was unable to confirm those reports Monday evening.
Near the Kaysville/Layton border, officers with the Davis County Sheriff’s SWAT team stopped the truck using an armored vehicle. They did a pit maneuver, which caused the truck to spin and stop, Baird said.
Then, the suspect got out of his car, holding the pistol. Police yelled at him to drop it.
“The suspect made motion in threatening manner and responding officers fired on the suspect,” Baird said. “He was wounded.”
Ambulances and an emergency helicopter were on the scene almost immediately and first responders tried to save the man’s life for several minutes, Baird said, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
More than three hours after the shooting, the freeway was still closed at milepost 324 just before Park Lane. Multiple agencies were on scene, Baird said.
Traffic around the incident had cleared significantly, but traffic cameras showed that drivers near the scene were still seeing delays.
The state bureau of investigation is looking into the shooting, Baird said. That agency, like the highway patrol, is one of nine arms of the Utah Department of Public Safety.
Police have not released information about the suspect such as his name, age or race and are continuing to investigate facts such as how many times the man was shot and the exact nature of his injuries. Baird could not comment on the man’s criminal history or whether he fired upon officers.