SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Tonight, a Unified Police Officer is dead and another is in the hospital in stable condition after a car accident in Holladay turned into a deadly officer involved shooting.
The car accident happened around 9:51 Sunday morning. Police say two vehicles were involved in a car accident near 4500 S, 2300 E in Holladay. Officials say one car slammed into a light pole and passengers sustained significant injuries.
“Witnesses on scene described the occupants of one of the involved vehicles as getting out of their damaged vehicle and leaving on foot,” said Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder.
A UPD officer witnessed the crash and immediately responded to the scene. Witnesses told officers about the pair who left and other officers went to look for them.
Officer Doug Barney came across the suspect, 31 year-old Cory Lee Henderson, a short distance from the crash site near 4400 S. Lynne Lane when gunfire erupted.
“This individual fired what appears to be a single round at Officer Barney striking him in the head,” said Winder.
Jessica Wahl, lives down the street from the crime scene and witnessed the incident.
“Someone came out and yelled for a medic and then said something about a police officer and then they ran down that way,” she said.
Officers responding to the call of an officer down rushed to the scene where they found Henderson near 4500 S and Holladay Boulevard. Investigators say more gun shots were fired between Henderson and police. Officer Jon Richey was struck in both legs by a single shot. Officers returned fired killing Henderson.
“I heard shots before I noticed the officer,” said eyewitness Russell Lundeberg, ” I heard probably about 25 rounds.”
“Mr. Henderson was wanted both locally and federally, and I am apprised that Mr. Henderson was wanted by the Metro Task Force as recent as Saturday morning,” said Sheriff Winder.
Henderson had an extensive criminal history and had spent time in jail back in 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013 for drug and weapons violations, among other crimes.
Multiple agencies quickly descended on the scene and set up a large containment area blocking off the area from 2300 E, 4500 S to 4500 S and Holladay Blvd. Police K9-units and helicopter were deployed to search for the missing suspect who was described by police as being a white female with blond hair. Police advised residents remain in doors to aid in the search and advised travelers to avoid the area.
The search of the female suspect was later called off around 2:45 p.m. and she was considered being a person of interest as police don’t believe she was involved in the shooting.
Police reaffirmed Millcreek and Holladay residents that there was no long an immediate threat to the area and they were scaling back treating the scene as an investigative scene.
At 3:00 p.m. Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder, along with Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, and Salt Lake City Police Department Chief Mike Brown among other commanders held a press conference to update the media on the condition of the officers.
Both officers had been taken to Intermountain Medical Center one in stable condition then other in critical condition. An emotional and visibly distraught Winder announced Officer Doug Barney passed away from his injuries at 1:12 p.m. Officer Jon Richey was undergoing surgery and his condition is said to be improving.
At approximately 2:15 p.m. an officer conducting a security near the scene noticed two individuals breach the crime area in a gold passenger car, The driver was identified as the suspect’s mother and began physically assaulting officers according to a probable cause statement. The passenger who was identified as Jaiden Snyder, the suspects brother, got out and as officers tried to control him he punched an officer in the face. The probable cause statement says officers deployed a taser which had no effect on Snyder. Once in custody Snyder struck an officer in a “head butt” as he was being walked to a patrol vehicle.
Snyder was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail and is facing several charges including assaulting a police officer and disorderly conduct.
Officer Barney is survived by his wife and three children.