TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — Part of Taylorsville surrounding a gas station was locked down after shots were fired at an officer early Thursday morning, according to police.
A massive manhunt was underway for the suspect who police say fired shots at an officer near 47th South and 22nd West.
The manhunt ended after several hours when the suspect was found hiding in the window well of someone's house. When officers approached him they say he took his own life.
The good news is that the officer is OK.
Police say it all started around 4:20 a.m. when a Taylorsville patrol officer was responding to the report of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Speedway convenience store, which is right at the corner of 4700 South and 2200 West.
As the officer approached, the man who was either in or near the vehicle took off. The officer ran after him on foot but just a short distance away, police say that individual opened fire on the officer, shooting multiple times.
The officer returned fire before retreating for cover. The suspect disappeared into the night and that began this massive search.
Police implemented a reverse 911 call for folks living in the area where they were searching and urged people to stay inside their homes.
Meanwhile, officers and K9s searched a wide area on the ground as a helicopter searched overhead.
A police department spokesman said the search area would start to be opened up after the suspect was found dead. People were still urged to avoid the intersection at 47th South and 22nd West where the initial shooting took place for at least a few more hours.
The deceased suspect was identified Friday as 29-year-old Aaron Troy Michael Rehn.