SANDY — A 30-year old man who federal authorities sought to arrest Tuesday has died after he was shot by police near a Sandy light-rail stop.
The man, whose name was not immediately released, was in a car with other people at the time, but no one else was wounded, said Sandy Police Lt. Dean Carriger. No officers were injured.
"When contact was made, based on some actions of suspect, shots were fired by the officers attempting to serve that warrant," Carriger said.
The suspect was struck by more than one round and taken to Intermountain Medical Center, where he died of his injuries later in the evening.
The officers were seeking to serve an arrest warrant in a case investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Carriger said.
Few details were released Tuesday. The shooting happened near 180 E. 8960 South in Sandy, near a TRAX stop, about 5 p.m. Roughly an hour later, traffic cones could be seen surrounding a white Mercedes sedan with its driver's door open in a parking lot near the station.
"It's just too early to speculate as to what the motive was or what precipitated the shooting," Carriger said.
Vanessa Vasquez, who was nearby at the time of the shooting, said she heard multiple gunshots before "I saw the guy, face down, flat on his belly...and they were handcuffing him."Comment on this story
Carriger said he didn't know if the suspect had a gun or if the man tried to hit police with his car.
It wasn't immediately known which agency the police who fired are from. Local and federal officers approached the man to serve the federal arrest warrant, Carriger said.
Sandy police and Utah Transit Authority police said their officers weren't involved.
The Unified Police Department was investigating the case under Salt Lake County's officer-involved shooting protocol. Detectives were speaking with the others who were in the car late Tuesday.
Contributing: Andrew Adams