CRIME

Police: Suspect Killed After Shooting At Officers During Pursuit

Sep 18, 2020, 7:08 PM | Updated: Sep 19, 2020, 12:28 pm

MIDVALE, Utah – A suspect has been killed after officials said he fired on officers at the end of a vehicle pursuit in Midvale.

Sgt. Melody Cutler with the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake said the incident began Friday evening at a Motel 6 on 7200 South, just east of Interstate 15.

Officers from the UPD and West Valley City Police Department found an SUV connected to a suspect wanted for parole violation at the motel.

They identified the suspect as 24-year-old Joseph Schultz.

Cutler said Schultz had been running from police for some time, and was involved in another pursuit just the day before.

When he saw police, they said he attempted to flee in the vehicle with three passengers inside. They were identified as 22-year-old Matthew Knowlden, 19-year-old Jeannie Brereton and 29-year-old Sasha Jones.

Officers were able to deploy a spike strip, which punctured the SUV tires.

Cutler said Schultz fled westbound, striking orange construction barrels and driving on the sidewalk.

The vehicle came to a stop at the intersection of 7200 South and Bingham Junction Boulevard, where Schultz and one of the woman ran southbound on foot.

Officials said Knowlden exited the vehicle and ran eastbound toward officers. Cutler said the 22-year-old brandished a handgun and fired at officers.

Officers returned fire, striking the suspect. Knowlden was transported to the hospital where he was declared dead.

No officers were hurt.

Protocol Team 1 has taken over the investigation.

Officials said it was not clear how many officers fired their service weapons.

The driver and two other passengers were apprehended by police. The driver had a lengthy criminal record, Cutler said, including involvement in several robberies and drive-by shootings.

It was not clear if the women faced any charges.

The incident came just one day after a man was shot by a UPD officer in Holladay after a skirmish. The suspect picked up the officer’s service weapon after it fell to the ground and pointed it at the officer.

At least one other officer fired on the man, who was transported to the hospital in serious to critical condition.

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Police: Suspect Killed After Shooting At Officers During Pursuit