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Deputy's suicide prompts Tooele County school lockdown

Published December 4, 2013 7:59 am
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Stansbury Park schools were put on lockdown Tuesday after a Tooele County sheriff's deputy shot and killed himself.

Dispatchers confirmed that a shots fired call came in around noon from the area of 745 Country Club, just across the street from Stansbury Park Elementary School. Schools in the area were put on lockdown while authorities investigated the shooting.

A 37-year-old deputy who lived in the area had shot himself, according to a news release from the Tooele County Emergency Management Director Bucky Whitehouse.

The Salt Lake Tribune does not typically identify suicide victims.

The deputy worked with the sheriff's office for four years and was "considered to be a valuable member of the public safety community throughout Tooele County," the news release reads. "[He] will be deeply missed and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family."

The deputy was married with six children, the release adds.

The school lockdowns were lifted about 1:10 p.m., the Tooele County Sheriff's Office dispatch center announced.


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