KAYSVILLE— An apartment complex resident is believed to have acted in self-defense when he shot and apparently killed a gunman who opened fire on a maintenance worker Friday, authorities say.
“The individual was acting to protect his own life and that of another (the maintenance worker),” Kaysville Police Chief Sol Oberg told the
Standard-Examiner in a phone interview Saturday night.
Oberg declined to release the name of the gunman because his immediate family has not been notified of his death. Nor would he identify the resident of Francis Peak View apartments, 600 W. Mutton Hollow Road, believed to have killed him.
The resident is distraught over the shooting but is cooperating with police who are still trying piece together what sparked the incident, said Oberg.
Steve Bailey, the 51-year-old maintenance worker shot by the gunman who also resided in the apartment complex, remained in an area hospital Saturday night with six wounds, he said.
“He’s still critical and not doing well,” Oberg said.
Bailey was moving a refrigerator Friday afternoon in the apartment complex when he apparently got into a verbal altercation with the gunman, said Oberg, adding the exact nature of the dispute remains under investigation.
The gunman shot Bailey multiple times and then was wounded by the other resident, who returned fire with a handgun, said Oberg.
The gunman then made his way back to his apartment where SWAT team members using a robot device found him dead. He had multiple gunshot wounds, Oberg said, adding there is no indication the wounds were self-inflicted.
Police are still trying to gather background information about the gunman, who before Friday apparently hadn’t had problems at the apartment complex, Oberg said.
“He’s been a pretty good tenant,” he said.
The shooting and the SWAT team’s efforts to reach the gunman kept residents of the apartment complex on edge for more than two hours Friday. Some residents were ordered to stay inside their apartments. while others who were already outside of the complex were kept behind crime scene tape until the situation was resolved.