Police shoot, kill man who fired rifle in Magna neighborhood

Officers initially suspected the man had shot his daughter, but he did not, police said.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) A man who police say repeatedly fired a rifle in a Magna neighborhood was fatally shot by authorities early Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023.

A 48-year-old man who police say repeatedly fired a rifle in a Magna neighborhood early Wednesday was fatally shot by police.

Several people called 911 to report that the man — later identified as Joseph Black — was shooting randomly near 3400 South and 7400 West shortly after midnight, according to police.

When officers arrived, the man was walking in a roadway, then entered his home with a woman, later identified as his adult daughter. Believing it might be a hostage situation, a SWAT team was called.

Before the SWAT team arrived, however, Black and his daughter both came out of the home. According to police, Black then fired his rifle again and his daughter dropped to the ground. Believing she had been shot, officers opened fire, killing Black.

According to Unified Police, Black’s daughter was not shot and was not injured. No officers were hurt.

Police have not released how many times Black was shot or how many officers opened fire. Officers from multiple agencies were involved in the shooting, which remains under investigation.

According to a database maintained by The Salt Lake Tribune, this was the 24th police shooting this year in Utah, and the fourth in 11 days.