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Cedar City police investigating apparent murder and attempted suicide

47-year-old man dead, 26-year-old man critical
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Posted at 6:36 AM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 08:36:30-04

CEDAR CITY, Utah — Cedar City police are investigating an apparent murder and attempted suicide.

According to Sgt. Clint Bullock with the Cedar City Police Department, officers were dispatched to the area of the 100 West block of Sunset Drive on reports of shots fired at 10:38 p.m. Sunday.

Initial information was that a male had been shot and the suspect’s whereabouts were unknown.

As officers arrived on scene, they found a 47-year-old male, Jeremey Hunter, deceased from multiple gunshot wounds and the suspect, Chaz Bennett, a 26-year-old male had fled on foot.

Officers started looking in the area and located Bennett a few blocks from the initial scene.

As the officers attempted to contact him, they clearly could see Bennett had two rifles.

As officers were commanding Bennett to drop the guns, he fled on foot for a short distance before he shot himself, Sgt. Bullock said.

Officers secured the weapons and started rendering aid.

Bennett was transported to the hospital by ambulance and later flown to another hospital by LifeFlight with life threatening injuries.

The motive for the shooting is unknown currently, and there is an active and ongoing investigation.