Shootout in downtown SLC leaves one dead, two officers wounded
As the officers were speaking with the two men, suspicion about the passenger grew, she said.
"They were speaking to both of them, and they wanted to speak to the passenger further because he was giving false information or some sort of conflicting information," Heiden said.
Within just a few minutes of the initial contact, the passenger apparently became agitated at police.
"As the passenger exited the vehicle, he drew a handgun and immediately began shooting at our two officers," Burbank said.
"It must have been very quick because both officers were shot before they could return fire," Heiden added.
Heiden said she did not know if both officers were standing on the passenger side of the vehicle when they were hit or if the officers were standing on opposite sides of the car.
Both officers returned an undisclosed number of rounds after being shot, Burbank said. Investigators checked nearby buildings Friday for additional stray bullets, as well as any possible surveillance video from security cameras.
Police say that for a shooting in downtown Salt Lake City, it was probably the best scenario. All of the surrounding businesses were closed at the time. Investigators do not believe there were any witnesses, bystanders or anyone else around at the time of the incident.
A geoforensics 3-D laser scanner from Leica, a relatively new investigative tool for the Salt Lake City Police Department, was also being used to take a 360-degree image of the crime scene that could be downloaded onto a computer to look at every possible angle the officers would have seen.
"It gives us a good point of view from every position in there," Heiden said.
The driver of the vehicle complied with all of the officers' commands after the shooting and did not try to run. He was taken to Salt Lake police headquarters for questioning and later released without being arrested.
Police did not say Friday what the connection between the two men was, what they were doing in that part of town at 2 a.m. or what a possible motive may have been for the shooting.
The vehicle the men were driving was seized by police and searched. Burbank said Friday he wasn't prepared yet to talk about what possible evidence was found inside.
Knight, from Lakeport, Calif., has no criminal record in Utah, according to court records. He was arrested in Lakeport in 2007 for investigation of resisting arrest, fighting in public and a parole violation, according to the Lake County, Calif., Sheriff's Office website.
A spokesman for the Lake County Sheriff's Office said Friday that Knight was being investigated in a recent homicide, but he would not say to what extent. Knight also had prior narcotics convictions and currently had a no-bail warrant out for his arrest for investigation of drug possession.
Contributing: Whitney Evans
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