KAYSVILLE — Officials say a man who died Monday after being shot by police was the suspect in a Friday armed robbery in Draper.
The man, who was shot on northbound Interstate 15 near the 200 North on ramp around 4:30 p.m., had led police on a high-speed chase from Lehi.
Dwayne Baird, a Utah Department of Public Safety spokesman who was speaking for police, said officers had reason to believe the public was in danger.
“They believed he was armed and dangerous because of his behavior exhibited in the robbery,” Baird said.
Baird said Draper detectives found the man in a Lehi motel, and when he saw them, he got into a truck and drove away.
The spokesman said officers who chased the man in the truck were from the Utah County Sheriff’s office, Utah Highway Patrol, Lehi and Draper.
The chase continued north through Utah, Salt Lake and Davis counties.
Baird said officers were able to spike the driver’s-side tires of the truck as the man drove through Salt Lake City near 2600 South.
The truck’s tires were worn down to the rims near Woods Cross and North Salt Lake.
In Davis County, officers performed a PIT maneuver, pushing the truck with their vehicle, which rendered the truck inoperable, Baird said.
It was at that point that the man exited the vehicle onto I-15 as he displayed a handgun.
“He made threatening moves with the handgun,” Baird said.
He said police gave the man commands to drop the weapon, and when he continued to make moves toward police, he was shot.
“Medical personnel responded immediately,” Baird said. “Police officers are trained for medical calls.”
But Baird said despite such help, the man expired from his wounds.
“The officers did everything they were trained to do,” Baird said. “They are trained to protect the public. It is unfortunate it ended this way, but no one else was injured or wounded.”
Baird said no information about the man’s identity was being released until next of kin was notified.
Northbound I-15 from Farmington to Layton was closed until after 11 p.m.
A related fatality occurred at 8:19 p.m. at Mile Marker 319 near Parrish Lane in Centerville, when police say a vehicle was traveling too fast to safely slow down for the nearly stopped traffic on I-15.
Baird said the freeway needed to be closed for police to properly conduct their investigation.
“This is an investigation of a police-involved shooting,” he said. “It takes a lot of time to gather information.”