A terrifying Tuesday morning in a Roy neighborhood turned tragic when police officers shot and killed a man in his garage at 3779 West, 5300 South in Roy. The Weber County Attorney's Office is investigating it as a "suicide by cop."
The 35 year old man, who neighbors describe the as a quiet, friendly man, was divorced and now lived in the home with his girlfriend and her children. According to Detective Matthew Gwynn of the Roy City Police Department, the man called a suicide hotline around 4 a.m. and threatened to kill himself. The Weber County Consolidated Dispatch Center sent officers to the resident.
"There were people in the home at the time the call was placed," Det. Gwynn told ABC4 News. "They left the home shortly thereafter."
Roy City Police and the Weber Metro SWAT Team tried to convince the man to surrender and get help but seven hours after the initial call, something dramatic occurred in the garage causing SWAT officers to open fire.
"About 11:15 this morning that negotiation failed," Det. Gwynn said. "There was an officer involved shooting and that subject is deceased as a result."
Neighbors told ABC4 that the man had struggled with alcohol and may have attempted suicide before.
The officer or officers who fired their weapons are now on administrative leave pending the investigation by the Weber County Attorney's Office.
"This is being treated as a officer assisted suicide or suicide by cop," Gwynn said.
As of late Tuesday evening Roy City Police had not released the man's name pending notification of his relatives.
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