Suicidal man shoots himself in the head when apprehended by police

LOGAN — A 30-year-old man is in the hospital after reportedly shooting himself Monday afternoon, when police officers attempted to confront him.

Logan City Police Chief Gary Jensen said officers located the man at a bus stop near 1600 N Main, after receiving reports that the man had a gun and wanted to get a police officer to shoot him.

“They approached in an unmarked vehicle up to the bus stop,” said Jensen. “As they got out, they saw the man that met the description. Before they could even give commands, the individual saw the police, pulled a handgun out of his waist band, and put it to his own head and pulled the trigger.”

The man survived the gunshot and was taken by ambulance to Logan Regional Hospital. His identity is not being released, pending notification of family.

Jensen said officers were contacted by the Preston Police Department earlier in the day, that the man had walked into a Preston area business and brandished a handgun. Preston Police investigated and found the individual’s vehicle at a Cache Valley Transit District bus stop.

A bus driver later reported an individual matching the suspect’s description had just gotten off the bus at a stop near 2200 North Main in North Logan. North Park and Logan officers spotted the man shortly after, sitting in the glass enclosed bus bench in front of the North Logan Walmart.

Officers shut down traffic along Main Street in the area as a precaution before approaching the suspect.

Jensen said he was proud of how quickly and safely officers were able to apprehend the suspect.

“They felt like they took him by surprise because they pulled up in their unmarked vehicle and got out. So again, the presence of police rattled him and he went for his handgun.”

North Park Police detectives are investigating the shooting.

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