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Police investigating after man killed in Cedar City shooting; alleged shooter dies in hospital

By Jacob Klopfenstein and Xoel Cardenas, | Updated - May 13, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. | Posted - May 11, 2020 at 8:16 a.m.

CEDAR CITY — Authorities in Cedar City are investigating after they say a man was shot dead late Sunday night, with the alleged shooter dying a few days later.

About 10:38 p.m. Sunday, police responded to a shots fired call in the 100 West block of Sunset Drive, according to a news release from the Cedar City Police Department. Officers found Jeremey Hunter, 47, dead from multiple gunshot wounds, the release says.

Officers determined that Chaz Bennett, 26, had fled from the area on foot, according to the release. Officers found Bennett a few blocks away from where they discovered Hunter’s body. They could see that Bennett had two rifles, the release says.

The officers commanded Bennett to drop the guns, but he ran away from them, the release says.

Police found him a short distance away with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the release. Bennett had life-threatening injuries and was transported to a hospital by ambulance. He was later taken to another hospital via a medical helicopter.

On Wednesday, Cedar City police confirmed Bennett died from his self-inflicted injuries.

Police did not know the motive for the shooting and said the investigation was active and ongoing.

Investigators found multiple rounds had exited the home and struck two other houses. No one was injured by the stray bullets.

“The Cedar City Police Department extends our deepest sympathies to the families involved,” the news release says.

Jacob Klopfenstein
Xoel Cardenas

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