LOGAN — Police have released the identity of the suicidal individual, who reportedly shot himself in the head when apprehended by police at a North Logan bus stop, Monday afternoon.
North Park Police detective Ulysses Black said Victor Manuel Mendoza remains in a Salt Lake area hospital. He is receiving treatment for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Police located Mendoza at the bus stop after officers from Preston, Idaho, reported that he had walked into a business and threatened suicide by cop. He then boarded a Cache Valley Transit District bus to North Logan.
Logan City Police Chief Gary Jensen said officers used an unmarked vehicle to surprise Mendoza. He explained that their quick actions likely saved any of them from having to shoot Mendoza.
“People don’t get it,” said Jensen. “That is a very difficult thing, to take a human life. Even though this guy had every intention of suicide, I’m glad he didn’t make us do it for him. I’m just so glad.”
Court records show Mendoza has lived in several locations in Logan. He also has had previous felony charges including multiple counts of interfering with an arresting officer.
Black said no charges have been filled yet but detectives are continuing to investigate the incident.
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