Three relatives have been found dead inside a
Officers with the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake (UPD) responded to the home in Millcreek around 6 p.m. on Friday after a man with bloody hands reported to a local precinct that another man shot multiple people inside the home.
It was not clear what the man’s relation was to the alleged killer or other victims, but cops said that they are also considering him a victim at this time.
Millcreek Mayor Jeff Silvestrini said in a statement posted to Facebook that the situation had been ‘resolved’ by 4 p.m. on Saturday after the alleged shooter and police engaged in a nearly 24-hour standoff.
‘We can confirm three fatalities, including most likely the shooter. No shots were fired by our officers,’ Silvestrini said.
Incredible footage from the standoff shows police rushing an elderly woman believed to live at the home to safety after she was trapped inside
SWAT officers can be seen carrying her while running to safety on Friday night
The mayor of Millcreek said in a statement that the elderly woman was ‘fortunately’ not injured as the events unfolded
A woman appears to console another woman after the horrific shooting on Friday
The male suspect, 30, is believed to have killed a man and woman, both around 50 years old, before shooting himself dead after the family staged an intervention for possible mental health problems or substance abuse,
The identities of the two victims and the possible suspect have not been released.
Incredible footage from the standoff shows police rushing an elderly woman believed to live at the home to safety after she was trapped inside.
SWAT officers can be seen carrying her while running to safety on Friday night, though it was not immediately clear why the woman had to be carried.
The man had allegedly shot at officers who breached the home to rescue the elderly woman trapped inside, Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera said during a press conference on Saturday.
SWAT teams are seen outside of the home as the standoff ensued
The suspect also allegedly shot at a robot that had been deployed into the home
Members of the SWAT team are pictured with their gear outside of the home
Police had blocked off the street, which continues to remain closed for the time being
The Mobile Command Post police had set up is seen as the standoff continued into the night
Silvestrini said in a statement that the elderly woman was ‘fortunately’ not injured as the events unfolded.
The man continued to fire at officers throughout the night, though cops never returned fire and none were injured, said Rivera – who oversees the UPD.
Rivera said the standoff lasted so long because the man was ‘extremely’ heavily armed with a massive amount of ammunition, and he ‘took out’ other resources cops used – shooting at a robot that had been sent into the home.
‘When you have a standoff that takes so long and somebody is shooting at officers, you can only have officers out for a certain amount of time and they get tired, so we brought in resources from other agencies,’ she said.
Millcreek Mayor Jeff Silvestrini said in a statement posted to Facebook that the situation had been ‘resolved’ by 4 p.m. on Saturday
Rivera said more than 70 officers from UPD responded to the standoff, on top of officers from other agencies providing mutual aid.
Cops realized the standoff was over when drones were sent into the home and found three people dead – one of whom matched the description of the suspect, she said.
‘What we don’t know is what occurred in the middle of the night,’ Rivera said.
SWAT teams have since cleared the home for forensic investigators and detectives to identify the bodies and determine with certainty that the suspect is among them – and that he shot the two victims before he later shot at police.
‘Thanks to SLCPD SWAT for relieving our people during the night and to many agencies from around the valley which rendered mutual aid.’ Silvestri said.
‘Thanks most of all to our UPD officers who resolved this though patience and proper police work.’