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Man shot and killed by US Marshals in SLC identified as 38-year-old WVC man

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Posted at 2:40 PM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 16:40:59-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The United States Marshals Service has identified the man killed in a officer-involved shooting in Salt Lake City Thursday as 38-year-old Damien Evans of West Valley City.

The USMS Violent Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (VFAST) was involved in the shooting near 1000 South and Main Street around 5:15 p.m.

In a news release, Evans is described as a violent parole fugitive wanted by the Utah Department of Corrections and Adult Probation, and Parole.

The Marshals Service says Evans was wanted for absconding and had a lengthy criminal history, including several firearms charges by a prohibited person as well as drugs, felony escape, and assault on a federal law enforcement officer.

As is customary in violent fugitive cases, AP&P requested the USMS to lead the investigation.

When officers located the suspect, he refused commands to stop and began to run, the Marshals Service said. Officers began to pursue in vehicles and on foot and deployed the use of a K-9 to stop the suspect.

As officers closed in, the subject pulled a firearm, and officers returned fire and hit the suspect, the news release said.

Officers immediately called for medical assistance, but Evans succumbed to his injuries on scene.

The Unified Police Department Critical Incident Protocol Team is handling the investigation.