SOUTH SALT LAKE — A person who police say was “firing indiscriminately all through the town” was shot and killed following a dramatic excessive-velocity chase that ended with a hail of bullets on a busy State Road after a crash into the entrance of a store.
Harold Vincent Robinson, 37, of West Valley City, was pronounced lifeless on the scene.
“One of the officers involved within the pursuit stated that (Robinson) was leaning out the window and firing the rifle again toward the officers,” stated Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown. “I am unsure where those rounds went.”
Cellphone video recorded by witnesses who have been close by when the fleeing white pickup truck crashed into the front or Princess Alterations and Leatherwork, 3339 S. State, exhibits more than 20 officers converging on the truck after 15 to 20 seconds of continuous gunfire — dozens upon dozens of photographs.
“It’s like at nighttime when anyone throws firecrackers outdoors,” one witness stated. “All you possibly can hear is bam bam bam bam. You might hear them capturing quickly.”
Dozens of shell casings littered State Road near 3400 South after officers from multiple local, state and federal businesses opened hearth on Robinson, who police consider robbed two convenience shops at gunpoint earlier than firing photographs — apparently at random — at a number of places all through Salt Lake Metropolis and whereas main officers on the chase.
Police did not say Monday how many officers fired their weapons at the fleeing gunman, however there have been unconfirmed reviews of a minimum of a dozen.
One Unified police officer suffered a “very minor” damage from a bullet that ricocheted and grazed him, stated Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera. That officer was handled at the scene and didn’t go to the hospital, she stated.
Amazingly, Rivera stated there were no other reviews of major accidents anyplace despite the quite a few bullets that have been fired. Nevertheless, she stated evidence was being collected at as many as 15 totally different crime scenes, most of which have been areas where photographs have been fired. The sheriff encouraged anybody who was injured or who witnessed Monday’s occasions to contact police.
The shootout occurred at a busy part of State Road where there are numerous eating places and companies.
Both Rivera and Brown praised the response of all regulation enforcement businesses who worked collectively and “ran into the face of hazard” to stop the menace shortly.
“If it hadn’t of been for the cooperation of those brave officers out right here … this could have been drastically totally different,” the chief stated.
Officers from Salt Lake police, Unified police, the Utah Freeway Patrol, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives have been on the scene.
The dramatic collection of occasions began just after 10 a.m. when a Holiday Oil, 2729 W. 4700 South in Taylorsville, was robbed at gunpoint.
Kendall Brigman was at the store buying a soda…