A reportedly suicidal individual who was stopped by Logan police Sunday night was later arrested after he fired a 9 mm handgun in the interior of his vehicle in an apparent attempt to get officers to return fire.
Logan City Police Capt. Tyson Budge said officers received information from Juab County regarding an adult male who was reportedly suicidal and possibly intoxicated.
An officer stopped the individual’s vehicle at 7:26 p.m. near the Comfort Inn on U.S. Highway 89-91, and according to a probable cause statement, the officer ordered the man to keep both of his hand visible.
Two minutes later, the officer reported that so far, the suspect appeared to be compliant, but he was not going to approach until he had more officers on scene. One officer asked on scene if he should expedite.
“I just need somebody here relatively quickly — like I say, he seems to be compliant, but with the handgun information …”
And then, after about one minute of silence heard over the police scanner: “Shots fired! Shots fired!”
By then, other officers began to arrive. The suspect was spread out prone on the ground near his vehicle while police approached carefully, unsure if there were more people in the vehicle. He was alone and later taken into custody.
According to Budge, the man told officers he fired into the door of his vehicle, hoping to initiate suicide by cop.
The man was transported to the hospital for a medical clearance before he was booked into the Cache County Jail on suspicion of reckless endangerment, open container, intoxication and unlawful purchase of alcohol.