SALT LAKE CITY — One white male is dead after a chase led to an officer involved shooting in Downtown Salt Lake late Thursday afternoon
The U.S. Marshal Service responded to the incident and reported that they were pursuing a suspect in violation of parole.
Will Marcois witnessed the shooting and said, “There was a man running from east to west and all the officers got out on foot and started chasing him, they got to the end of the building and before he turned the corner he turned around and shot off a couple shots and then the officers opened fire back.”
Officials have not confirmed if the victim fired shots at the officers before he was killed but did confirm that the man had a gun.
“He continued to flee, the k-9 unit was deployed, he brandished his firearm and was engaged by officers and was fatally wounded," US Marshal Service Chief Deputy Brandon Holt said.
DEADLY OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING: @USMarshalsHQ says marshals were pursing a suspect in violation of a parole. A chase ensued. K-9 unit was discharged. Suspect had weapon. Officers fired. One white male is dead. @fox13 pic.twitter.com/WsKZDytXp8— Sydney Glenn (@SydneyGlennTV) August 28, 2020
Witnesses reported hearing several gunshots and seeing a large police presence in the area of 1000 South and Main St.
“I saw a helicopter, we heard sirens coming out of nowhere and then maybe 30 or 40 police cars, not SWAT but unmarked trucks pulled in," Marcois said.
Any other information about the victim has not been released yet as an investigation is ongoing.
This is a breaking news story. We have a crew on the scene and will bring more updates as we receive them.