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Man suspected of firing shots at an officer is in custody after standoff in Magna

Shots fired during traffic stop on I-215
Posted at 6:28 AM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 11:12:07-04

MAGNA, Utah — Police in Magna have taken into custody a man suspected of firing shots at a police officer late Monday night.

Officers from the Utah Highway Patrol, Unified Police Department, Salt Lake City, West Valley City and Sandy had surrounded the man in the area of 7200 West and 3000 South.

Investigators have not released his name or whether he lives at the home where he barricaded himself.

The incident began on northbound I-215 just south of the I-80 interchange.

"Before 11 o'clock last night, we had an officer attempt to make a traffic stop. During the course of that traffic stop as he walked up to the vehicle he observed a gun in the vehicle," said Detective Michael Ruff with SLCPD. "The driver after that gun was pointed out decided to flee the scene and at some point as he was fleeing, shots were fired by the suspect in the vehicle. No shots were fired by officers."

No one was injured and investigators could not find any evidence of the shots hitting anything.

The investigation led them to the Magna location where a SWAT team was deployed and negotiations took place.

This is a developing story and the Fox 13 crew at the scene will update this story as new details become available.

7200 West was closed between 3100 South and 2820 South, but was reopened around 9 a.m.