A man police wanted to question in connection with at least two armed robberies in Salt Lake City died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds shortly after arriving at the hospital Wednesday, according to media sources.
About 1:30 p.m., a man armed with a rifle robbed One Stop Smoke Shop, 1427 S. 300 West. He was seen driving away in a white van, said Salt Lake police detective Jeff Bedard.
A short time later, an officer spotted a van that matched the man's vehicle near 700 East and 1300 South. He called for backup and officers pulled the van over on 900 East near 1100 South.
Moments later, the man inside the van shot himself in the head. He was rushed to the hospital in extremely critical condition.
Bedard said everything that occurred, from the time the van pulled over up until the shooting, happened very quickly. He was not sure Wednesday if the officers even had a chance to talk to the man or if the man had said anything to them.
Some evidence was recovered at the scene, but Bedard could not go into detail Wednesday. The man's name was not released pending notification of family.
Earlier in the day, a Check-n-Go store at 1645 W. 700 North was robbed by a man with a rifle about noon. No one was injured and no shots were fired.
Investigators were trying to determine Wednesday if the two robberies were connected.