Tooele County Sheriff’s deputy found dead ID’d

Posted at 1:04 PM, Dec 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-03 20:28:15-05

STANSBURY PARK, Utah -- A Tooele Sheriff’s deputy was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday afternoon, officials said Tuesday night.

The deputy has been identified as Steve Hansen – he was an employee of the sheriff’s office for four years, according to a press release for the Tooele County Sheriff's Office.

Tooele County Sheriff’s deputies, Utah Highway Patrol troopers, Grantsville City, Adult Probation and Parole and Tooele City Police responded to a report of shots fired at 745 Country Club in Stansbury Park.

Upon arrival the sheriff’s office texted the school district at 12:10 p.m. ordering a lockdown at Stansbury High, Stansbury Park and Rose Springs Elementary Schools, officials said. The surrounding area was also sealed off.

Hansen, recently separated from his wife, officials said. When she came to get clothes for their six children Tuesday, she and another deputy met Hansen at the door.

Hansen took his life after his wife and deputy left the home, officials said.

“Deputy Hansen will be deeply missed and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family,” officials stated in the press release.