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1 dead in Salt Lake home after shootout with police

Salt Lake police officers exchanged gunfire with a person who was barricaded inside a Salt Lake home on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

Salt Lake police officers exchanged gunfire with a person who was barricaded inside a Salt Lake home on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)


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SALT LAKE CITY — After exchanging gunfire with police Tuesday, a person barricaded inside a Salt Lake home was found dead, Salt Lake police said.

Officers were able to enter into the home and discovered the individual deceased on Tuesday evening, according to Salt Lake Police Sgt. Keith Horrocks. Police have not released any details about the person's gender, age or identity.

An investigation into the officer-involved critical incident has been opened up and is being investigated by an outside agency, but Horrocks didn't say whether the person died from gunshot wounds.

Police first got a call concerning a suicidal person near 1660 West and 800 North about 11:30 a.m., Horrocks said.

Officers responded to the area and talked to the person, but at some point that person "fired off several rounds" at the officers, who returned fire, Horrocks said. The officers also had to take cover to protect themselves.

The person then barricaded themself inside the home.

Social workers and negotiators were at the scene, as were SWAT team members, Horrocks added. An investigations team comprised of personnel from multiple Salt Lake County law enforcement agencies was called out to investigate the shooting in accordance with the county's police shooting investigation procedure.

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