Detective Fires at Suspect During Chase

Detective Fires at Suspect During Chase


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Sandra Yi reportingA man is in custody after leading a Salt Lake County Sheriff's detective on a chase in Draper this morning.

That detective fired several shots at the suspect and now the incident is under investigation.

Deputies say the suspect tried to break into the detective's home in a Draper neighborhood two weeks ago. In fact, some neighbors say they've seen the suspect's car around here before.

The chase this morning began when the detective came home and happened to recognize the suspect and his car.

Kem Weeks/Draper Resident: "This is pretty shocking, quite honestly."

People in this quiet Draper neighborhood got a rude awakening this morning.

Shanda Swilor/Draper Resident: "I was scared because, I mean, we live in a pretty nice neighborhood."

Kem Weeks/Draper Resident: "We don't have any crime up here, and we're not looking to have crime."

Police arrested the man for leading an off duty Salt Lake County Sheriff's detective on a short chase that started near the deputy's home.

Donald Stewart saw the suspect's car parked in his neighbor's driveway. He says it was there only thirty or fourty seconds.

Donald Stewart/Witness: "Then he backed up really fast and then a black car, they crisscrossed going up the circle here, and he turned a u-ey really fast. Then I watched them go around the neighborhood and they pulled over behind this other house."

Witnesses say two cars came around the corner to a stop sign down the street.

Shanda Swilor/Husband Saw Chase: "The suspect started backing up, so the cop started backing up. My husband said they were fishtailing up the road, backwards."

Moments later neighbors heard as many as three gunshots. The Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office says the deputy fired his gun when the man tried to run him down.

Capt. Dave Burdett/Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office: "The two vehicles came in contact with each other. Our deputy fired some shots to defend himself. The pursuit continued."

It ended at 13th East and 103 South - after the deputy did a so-called pit maneuver, which caused the suspect's car to go out of control.

Neighbors say they're relieved the man was caught, but some question the deputy's actions.

Shanda Swilor: "Like I said to my husband, Well, if the guy was leaving, he should have just jumped back into his car and continued to follow him, instead of shooting at him."

Donald Stewart: "And a lot of kids play in the neighborhod and the way they were travelling through the streets, it wasn't safe at all."

The suspect's name is not being released. Investigators say he may have been involved in a hit and run earlier today.

Multiple agencies, including the district attorney's office, are investigating.

The detective, who works undercover, has been put on leave as is the protocol for an officer involved shooting.

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