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Police identify man found dead following Salt Lake shootout

Police vehicles fill a closed section of Redwood Road near 800 North and Redwood Road in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Police say a man barricaded himself in a home and exchanged gunfire with officers. The identity the man, who was later found dead, was released Wednesday.

Police vehicles fill a closed section of Redwood Road near 800 North and Redwood Road in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Police say a man barricaded himself in a home and exchanged gunfire with officers. The identity the man, who was later found dead, was released Wednesday. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake police have released the identity of a man found dead inside an apartment following a long standoff with SWAT team officers on Tuesday.

But other details about what transpired between 42-year-old Nevada Escholt and police remained unanswered Wednesday.

Salt Lake police were called to a report of a suicidal person near 1660 West and 800 North about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. When they arrived at the four-plex, officers could see Escholt inside one of the apartments but said he would not answer the door.

At some point, "shots were fired at the officers," according to police. No details about whether Escholt stepped outside and shot, or fired through a door or window, or how far away Escholt was from the officers when he fired, or how close he came to hitting the officers have been released.

The officers returned fire while taking cover.

A SWAT team was then called to the scene of the then-barricaded man. By 5 p.m. the incident was over. The SWAT team sent a robot inside the apartment and confirmed that Escholt was deceased. It was unknown Wednesday how he died.

Police say many of the questions will be answered once the officer-involved shooting protocol team, headed up by another police department, completes its investigation.

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