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Suspect dead after carjacking, police chase, shootout in Salt Lake City

Posted at 8:27 PM, Mar 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-28 13:58:54-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A man was killed Saturday evening in a shootout with officers in Salt Lake City after carjacking a vehicle.

SLC Police said the man, identified as Matthew Cieslak of Idaho, attempted to carjack one vehicle just before 6 p.m. in the area of 600 South and I-15 before successfully carjacking another. Nobody was hurt in either of these incidents.

Officers spotted the stolen vehicle and attempted to pull Cieslak over, but he drove off.

Then, in the area of 280 S. Orange Street (located between Redwood Road and I-215 West), Cieslak and two SLCPD officers exchanged gunfire. The suspect was later confirmed dead, and no officers were injured.

No further information was immediately available. An officer-involved critical incident protocol team is conducting an investigation. Both officers involved are on paid administrative leave, per protocol.