SALT LAKE CITY — A man is dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after leading officers on a chase near Pioneer Park on Wednesday.
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Additionally, police are reviewing an officer who fired a service weapon during the pursuit.
About 4:20 p.m., officers were called to a business where people were trespassing, Salt Lake Police Sgt. Brandon Shearer said. When officers arrived, they learned that a man who was trespassing had an "active felony warrant for a parole violation," Shearer said. The man was identified as Michael Zahn, 35.
Zahn fled from officers, Shearer said, and "during the incident sometime the officer discharged their weapon."
Zahn then ran into a building in the Pioneer Park area between 300 South and 400 South, said Salt Lake police detective Robert Ungricht.
Police entered the building to search for Zahn and found him dead "from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound," according to Shearer.
Salt Lake police later tweeted that the department had invoked its investigative protocol for officer-involved critical incidents and West Valley police would conduct an investigation.
"Anytime we have an officer that fires their weapon, we bring in an outside agency. What that does is it allows another agency to look at what occurred here, all the circumstances, to make that independent investigation," Shearer said.4 comments on this story
Shortly after the incident, Salt Lake police detective Greg Wilking said the department was trying to determine "if our interaction with him participated or led to his death."
Streets were closed between 300 South and 400 South, and 400 West to Rio Grande, while police investigated.
One police officer will be put on paid administrative leave during the investigation, Shearer said. If body camera video from the incident exists, he said, it will be released within the next 10 business days.
Contributing: Sean Moody