A man was shot and killed after he pointed a firearm at a Tooele County Deputy and a UHP Trooper who responded to a report that he threatened employees at a waste disposal facility in Tooele County.
*** February 27, 2017 UPDATE *** The suspect in this case is Barry Michael Zumwalt, age 36, of West Valley City. As this incident began on the morning February 26 two employees at the facility spoke to the suspect outside the entrance and asked him if he needed help. He told them he did not. A short time later, as other employees arrived, the suspect followed them inside the fenced perimeter. Employees at Clean Harbors Environmental Solution reported that when they approached the suspect and told him he needed to leave he initiated a physical confrontation. They reported that the suspect then raised his arms and that is when they saw that the suspect was carrying a gun in a holster. Investigators learned that the Tooele County Deputy and the UHP Trooper gave several commands to the suspect and they were about 160 feet away when shots were fired at him. Investigators have also learned that the suspect has a history of mental health struggles. At this time investigators know of no connections the suspect had to the facility or any of its employees. His name is still being withheld pending notification of immediate family members. More information will be released as this investigation continues.
On February 26, 2017, shortly before 6:30 AM, a Deputy with Tooele County Sheriff's Office and a Trooper with Utah Highway Patrol responded to a report of a man who had threatened employees at a Clean Harbors, a Tooele County waste incineration facility, located south of Interstate 80 at about mile 56. Contractors working at the facility reported that a man followed them inside a fenced restricted area when they entered for work. When the contractors told the man he would have to leave he initiated a physical altercation and threatened to blow them up. During this altercation the callers reported that the man was carrying a handgun and a knife.
When the Deputy and the Trooper arrived at the Clean Harbors facility they encountered the suspect who was inside the secure perimeter and was armed with a rifle and a handgun. The suspect refused to cooperate and after he threatened them with a firearm he was shot and went to the ground. Other officers responded and once they confirmed that the area was safe they checked the suspect and found that he was dead.
The suspect's body will be taken to the Medical Examiner's office in Salt Lake City where an autopsy will be performed tomorrow. The Deputy and Trooper involved in this incident are on paid administrative leave. Because this is an Officer Involved Shooting (OIS), Tooele County Sheriff Paul Wimmer and Commissioner Keith Squires with the Utah Department of Public Safety requested that Detectives with the Utah County Sheriff's Office conduct the investigation into this case. The name of the suspect in this case is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of family. More information will be released as it become available.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO