SALT LAKE CITY -- A man who claimed to have a bomb at a Salt Lake City light rail station was agitated, cut off negotiations and started walking toward authorities before an officer fatally opened fire on him Thursday night, police said.
Anthony Mayhew, 39, was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after the confrontation at the Gallivan Plaza TRAX station. One officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting.
Police responded to the station about 9 p.m. Thursday and said they found Mayhew carrying what appeared to be a switch with wires leading to a backpack.
Mayhew took things out of the backpack and alternately sat down and stood up before he stopped talking to negotiators about two hours later, Salt Lake City Police Detective Dennis McGowan said.
When he began walking toward police a little before 11 p.m. and didn't comply with orders to stop, one officer shot him, McGowan said.
A police report described the officers as "fearing for their lives and given the credible threat of an explosive device."
Police used two bomb squad robots to detonate the backpack and have collected the remnants to determine whether it was a real explosive device, McGowan said.
Mayhew's last address was in West Jordan.