UPDATE: Police identify man shot, killed during standoff in Herriman
Nov 20, 2022, 6:16 PM | Updated: Nov 21, 2022, 5:59 pm
HERRIMAN, Utah — A shelter-in-place has been lifted following an hourslong standoff with police.
Residents in Herriman near 13000 South and 5100 West were asked to shelter in place — in basements — Sunday night after shots were fired in the area.
According to a tweet from Herriman Police Department, officers were responding to shots fired in the area of 13000 South and 5100 West.
Only residents in the Herriman Towne Center were asked to shelter in place – in the basement if possible.
Police say a suspect with a rifle had fired shots inside his residence but had only threatened himself.
Officers are on scene of a shots fired in the area of 13000 S 5100 W. Residents in the area are asked to shelter in place in the basement if possible. Subject with a rifle has fired shots inside his residence. Subject has only threatened himself so far. SWAT is enroute.
— Herriman PD (@HerrimanPolice) November 21, 2022
According to police, the man is a veteran and current member of the Utah National Guard, and called police telling them he was suicidal. The man threatened to shoot any police who entered the home, so SWAT was dispatched to respond and negotiate while family members outside of the home were also on the phone with him trying to help the situation.
Herriman police issued a massive shelter-in-place in the general area because the man had been shooting out of his window into the neighborhood.
Police and SWAT responded with armored vehicles to evacuate neighbors and the man began to shoot at the officers in armored vehicles.
Gunfire was exchanged and officers ultimately shot and killed the man who had barricaded himself in his home.
The victim was identified Monday as 38-year-old Alma Worthington of Herriman.
“While this is not the outcome we had hoped for, Mr. Worthington was adamant throughout our encounter with him that this was the outcome he had decided upon. We have and will continue to make every effort to avoid armed confrontation with suicidal subjects and provide them resources and options for a path forward, but we cannot allow that person to place the lives of other citizens in danger through their actions,” read a Monday afternoon press release from Herriman police.
No one else was injured Sunday night. However, all the armored vehicles were struck with gunfire.
A Herriman City Police spokesperson said, “The subject broke windows out of his residence and opened fire on those tactical units multiple times during the course of evacuations. Our tactical unit showed an amazing amount of restraint, but at some point the threat developed to a point where they felt like they needed to take action and tactical units returned fire on the subject.”
Monday’s release went on to say, “Without a doubt, the armored vehicles saved the lives of police officers during this incident, and we are fortunate that none of the subject’s rounds caused injury to innocent bystanders. We are proud of our officers who placed themselves in harm’s way to protect others.”
Apparently shelter-in-place alerts were also sent out mistakenly to other surrounding areas that were uninvolved.
Lehi City Police released the following statement: “We have received reports that residents in the North part of Lehi are receiving a shelter in place on their mobile phones. We want to be clear that currently there is not an active incident in Lehi. It is reported there is an active incident in the south end of Salt lake County. Utah Valley Dispatch believes that the phones receiving the messages are possibly connecting to a tower that is in Salt Lake County. To clarify, there is not currently any incident requiring a shelter in place in Lehi City.”