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Man shot by police in Midvale identified; Additional suspects in custody

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Posted at 7:03 PM, Sep 18, 2020

MIDVALE, Utah — A man was shot and killed by police in Midvale Friday evening.

Unified Police said they were looking for 24-year-old Joseph Schultz of West Valley City who was wanted for multiple robberies and shootings in recent weeks. He was located at Motel 6 in Midvale on Friday, where he and three passengers fled from police in a vehicle.

Police spiked the tires, but Schultz continued to drive off before coming to a stop at the intersection of 7200 South and Bingham Junction Blvd., according to Sgt. Melody Cutler.

Schultz and two other passengers, 19-year-old Jeannie J. Brereton and 29-year-old Sasha A. Jones, then fled on foot.

A fourth passenger, 22-year-old Matthew C. Knowlden, got out of the vehicle and fired one round at officers with a handgun, Cutler said. Officers fired back, striking and wounding him. He was transported to a local hospital where he died.

Schultz, Brereton and Jones were apprehended and taken into police custody.

As is protocol with "officer-involved critical incidents," a team made up of outside police agencies will investigate the shooting.

Mugshot: Joseph Schultz

Mugshot: Jeannie Brereton

Mugshot: Sasha Jones

Watch Friday evening's press conference on the incident: