2 Dead After Shooting in American Fork

AMERICAN FORK, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – UPDATE: American Fork police identified the victim in the shooting as Sue Anne Sands, 39, and the suspect as James Dean Smith, 33. 


Two people are dead following an officer involved shooting in American Fork Sunday night.

According to police, dispatch received a call from a woman saying her car was being shot at.  
Officers from the Lehi Police Department, the American Fork Police Department and deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.  
According to a press release, a Lehi officer was the first on scene and discovered the vehicle of the woman in a WalMart parking lot at 949 W Grasslands Dr.in American Fork.  The woman had suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene. 
A few minutes later officers were able to track down the alleged suspect's vehicle, a silver Chevrolet Tahoe, to a Gordman's Store at 219 Meadow Ln. in American Fork where according to police he got out of his vehicle and led them on a short pursuit where it came to a stop in the parking lot in front of the Cinemark at 715 Main St.  
According to police, the suspect had a gun with him and refused officers orders to drop his weapon.  Officers and a deputy fired at the suspect who sustained a gunshot wound to the head.  According to the press release police are still trying to figure whether it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if it was one fired by the officers.
The Cinemark was temporarily placed on lockdown as a precaution but there was never a threat to the facility. Officers, witnesses, and LifeFlight applied life saving measures and performed CPR but the suspect died on scene around 8:00 p.m..
Investigators have now learned the suspect and victim had a romantic relationship and there had been a temporary restraining order issued against the suspect on November 20th.  
ABC4 News spoke with the victims mother who identified her daughter and the suspect.  She said her daughter had a little girl of her own now in the care of her sister.  She didn't want to go on camera but she alleges that her daughter was being stalked by the suspect and that is why she filed a restraining order against him.  Police confirm the restraining order was filed two weeks ago on Nov. 20th.  She also says she doesn't know how long her daughter had known the suspect or when she met him but alleges he was heavily into drugs and said "everything had to be his way." 
Per officer involved shooting protocol The Officer Involved Shooting Protocol Team along with the Utah County Attorney's Officer will be investigating the incident.  The American Fork Police Department, the Lehi Police Department and the Utah County Sheriff's Office will all be conducting their own investigations as well.  
This is an ongoing investigation and we update this story as more information becomes available.  

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