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Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

Wanted Fugitive Shot and Killed After SWAT Standoff at West Haven, Utah, Shop

A wanted fugitive who barricaded himself inside a West Haven auto body shop was shot and killed the afternoon of June 4th when he pointed a gun at SWAT officers after negotiations broke down, the Weber County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Kristopher Chase Simmons, 35, was shot by two Ogden Metro SWAT officers after over four hours of negotiations broke down and died after being transported to Ogden Regional Medical Center, said sheriff’s Sgt. Lane Findlay.

“They exhausted pretty much everything they can to try to get him to give himself up — negotiating with him, talking with him,” Findlay said. “I believe there was some contact with family in this. They did everything they could possibly do to try to get him to put the gun down.”

After the negotiations broke down, Simmons pointed a gun at “members of the SWAT team. Two of those members fired at the suspect. Ultimately he died from his injures.” Findlay said.

Simmons was taken by ambulance to Ogden Regional Medical Center, Findlay said. Police have not released how many shots were fired or how many times Simmons was hit. But Findlay said the protocol for an officer-involved shooting had been initiated, and the two officers involved were put on administrative leave during the investigation.

Weber County deputies and a SWAT team were dispatched to the Flying J near 1900 S. 1100 West around 11:40 a.m. after Kristopher Chase Simmons, 35, barricaded himself inside. Police officers were attempting to arrest him when ran into the auto body shop, Weber County Sheriff's Sgt. Lane Findlay said.

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