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Shots fired during arrest of wanted fugitives in Salt Lake City

Posted at 6:27 AM, May 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-21 23:12:15-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Deputy U.S. Marshals arrested two wanted fugitives in Salt Lake City late Thursday night, though several other people were detained for questioning and could be arrested and face charges in this case.

Members of Violent Fugitive Apprehension Team (VFAST) went to a home at 1600 West and 500 South around 8:30 p.m. Shortly after announcing who they were and why they were there, they were fired upon by someone inside the home.

SWAT from Unified Police Department was called to assist after a barrage of gunfire was exchanged.

VFAST took three suspects into custody, two of whom were the targets of the investigation, with a third suspect who was wanted on unrelated warrants.

Arrested were Anthony Lee Epifanio Welch, 46, and Valarie Humphrey, 48.

Welch was wanted on an assault and possession of a firearm charge, is a previously convicted felon, and has ten prior arrests, including a previous conviction for assault on a law enforcement officer. He has been arrested by VFAST on two prior occasions.

Humphrey was wanted on a federal supervised release violation for fraud, with numerous previous arrests; she has been arrested by VFAST three times prior and formerly served time at the Utah State Prison.

Both suspects were booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.