Suicidal man shoots at UHP helicopter in marshes near Salt Lake airport
Police • SWAT team uses tear gar to subdue man in marshes north of Salt Lake airport.
Published: July 22, 2012 11:01PM
Updated: July 22, 2012 11:24PM

Authorities took a suicidal man into custody Sunday night, but not before he shot at SWAT officers, a Utah Highway Patrol helicopter, a passer-by, and also wounded himself.

Davis County Deputy Scott Harper said a medical helicopter was enroute to treat the man’s three “significant wounds” at about 10:35 p.m. Sunday, moments after the standoff ended in the marshes about four miles north of Salt Lake City International Airport.

Harper said that the man, who was in his 40s, fired at SWAT officers once as they closed in, and they fired tear gas in order to subdue him, but no one else was injured and officers fired no shots.

The incident began about 4:30 p.m. when North Salt Lake police were called to check on the man’s welfare. But when they arrived, he wasn’t home so they pinged his phone and found him in the area of John Glenn Road (6070 West).

An airport police officer approached the man, who was sitting inside the car with a shotgun. The man then drove off.

Later, a man riding on his ATV while working in the marshlands noticed something shiny that he suspected was the roof of a car. But when he stood up on the ATV to get a better look, Harper said, the suicidal man fired a shot at him. The ATV rider fled and called 911.

About 45 minutes later, a Utah Highway Patrol helicopter was called to help locate the man. Harper said the man shot at the copter at least three times — but missed.

jstecklein@sltrib.com