May 16, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact Information: PolicePRUnit@slcgov.com
SALT LAKE CITY — Today, members of the Salt Lake City Police Department’s SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiators responded to a home on 1700 North near Cavallo Drive to help with a sexual assault investigation.
This investigation started at 11:59 a.m. on May 16, 2022 when SLC911 received information about a sexual assault that had just occurred involving a juvenile. This was not a stranger-on-stranger assault.
As officers responded to the scene, they received information that the suspect had access to multiple firearms.
Officers arrived on scene and learned a single shot had been heard.
While on scene, officers learned that at least one person was inside the residence.
The on-scene incident commander requested the assistance of SLCPD SWAT and crisis negotiators. These highly trained teams provide patrol officers with additional resources.
SLCPD School Resources Officers worked with nearby Northwest Middle School and had the school placed on lockdown.
Several homeowners in the area were told to shelter in place.
At the request of SLCPD, paramedics and firefighters were asked to be in the area to assist with any medical needs.
At 1:09 p.m. SWAT officers entered the garage, the last known location of the suspect, and located him deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Detectives with the SLCPD Special Victims Unit have responded to the scene to investigate the initial sexual assault and to help the victim.
All lock down and shelter in place orders have been lifted.
Because this case involves a minor and sexual assault, no other information is being released, including the specific address, ages of any party involved or names.
Media staging was established at 1700 North Redwood Road.
No further information on this case is being released. Neither the PIO nor the On-Duty Watch Commander are available for interviews.
Ensuring survivors of sexual assault, no matter the passage of time, receive a well-coordinated, victim-centered, and trauma-informed law enforcement response that includes advocacy and medical and mental health care is the unwavering commitment and focus of the Salt Lake City Police Department.
Individuals wishing to speak with a sexual assault victim advocate can call the SLCPD’s Victim Advocate hotline at 801-580-7969.
To report a sexual assault or speak with a Special Victims Unit detective, call 9-1-1.