SALT LAKE CITY — Law enforcement officers shot and killed a parole fugitive they were trying to arrest in downtown Salt Lake City early Friday, and a Herriman K-9 officer was shot and killed in the process, officials said.
The U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team was searching for a fugitive just after midnight and used surveillance to locate him inside a Salt Lake City apartment, according to Brandon Holt, chief deputy of the U.S. Marshals Service for the District of Utah.
Strike team members tried to arrest him when he came out of the apartment but he fled, Holt said. Officers pursued him to the area of 445 East and 300 South where he showed a weapon and officers fatally shot him.
Holt did not identify the man who was killed but said he is local to the Salt Lake area. Holt did not say what weapon the man had.
No strike team officers were injured in the shooting, Holt added. He did not know how many officers were involved in the shooting, but he said multiple strike team officers from several agencies were on the scene.
Hondo, a Herriman City police K-9 officer, was shot and killed in the process, according to officials from the Unified police Taylorsville precinct.
“Our thoughts are with Herriman PD and particularly with the K9 handler and his family, who lost their beloved partner and friend,” police said in a Facebook post.
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Hold said the man who was killed had a violent history. Typically when law enforcement ask the strike team to assist them in locating or arresting a fugitive, those fugitives have active violent warrants or a significant criminal history, he said.
A female was also taken into custody, but it’s unclear what her involvement may have been.
U.S. Marshals deputies do not wear body cameras, so it is unclear if there will be any body camera footage available of the shooting, Holt said.
This is developing news. More information will be added to this story as soon as it becomes available.
Contributing: Felicia Martinez, KSL TV and Kenneth Griffey, KSL