After holding police at bay for more than two hours, John Edgell-Mills ended his own life Monday.
The 36-year-old man shot himself in the head shortly after noon, ending an ordeal that began with a family fight.About 10 a.m. Monday, Edgell-Mills got into a fight with his wife and went to her place of employment in West Valley City, where he allegedly rammed her vehicle repeatedly.
The woman called police and a chase ensued. Edgell-Mills drove to his home, 5952 S. Sunrise Vista Court (6290 West), with police following. West Valley police called the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office when the chase ended because the house was in the unincorporated area of the county, which is officially the sheriff's jurisdiction.
Edgell-Mills sat in his jeep most of the time with the gun pointed at his head for more than two hours, said deputy Peggy Faulkner.
Deputies talked with the distraught man through an open window. The SWAT team was called out and a hostage negotiator tried to talk Edgell-Mills out of the car.
"He'd put the gun down and then back to his head," Faulkner said. Then shortly after noon, Edgell-Mills got out of the car and "started walking around."
"He advanced toward the deputies, and one of the SWAT team members deployed a bean bag (fired from a gun) at the suspect, and after maybe three to four seconds . . . he shot himself in the head," Faulkner said. The bean-bag, which is a non-lethal weapon, hit the man in the chest.
"He died an hour later at the (Pioneer Valley) hospital," she said. He shot himself with a .22-caliber semiautomatic.