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Police: One dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound following officer-involved critical incident

Posted at 4:36 PM, Sep 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-06 10:28:51-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- A man killed himself following an officer-involved critical incident and pursuit in Salt Lake City Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Salt Lake City Police Department, Michael Zahn, 35, was approached by police who were on a trespassing call around at 4:20 p.m. near Pioneer Park.

Police officials said that Zahn, who had an active warrant out for his arrest, fled from officers after they made contact with him.

Officers pursued Zahn, who fled into a nearby building. Police located him inside, where he had suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

At least one officer discharged his weapon while pursuing Zahn, police said. As a result, an officer-involved critical incident protocol was put into place.

One officer was put on paid administrative leave while the West Valley City Police Department investigated the incident, as per officer-involved critical incident protocol.

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