Police said around 11:30 a.m. Woodard showed up to the trailhead. Witnesses describe him as looking distraught. They told police Woodard pulled out a high powered hunting rifle, and began waiving it in the air, and then suddenly started shooting. Although Woodard wasn’t shooting at anyone particular, people nearby were worried for their safety.
There were several groups of hikers in the area at the time, including a Boy Scout Troop from West Jordan. Witnesses called 911. The SWAT team arrived, as well as the Utah Dept. of Public Safety Helicopter.
Police found Woodard midway up the trail. They used a PA system on the helicopter to talk with him. After two hours, he gave himself up peacefully.
The event scared several hikers, as well as the Boy Scouts. Many people in the area saw the police response but did not know what was happening.
As of Tuesday evening Woodard was in police custody. Deputies from the Summit Co. Sheriff’s Office are still questioning him to determine why he acted so bizarre.
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