Monday, April 21, 2014

Deputy's suicide prompted Tooele school lockdowns, police say

By McKenzie Romero, Deseret News

Published: Tue, Dec. 3 7:05 p.m. MST

 Gunfire that prompted a lockdown for three Stansbury Park schools on Tuesday was later confirmed to be a suicide.

Gunfire that prompted a lockdown for three Stansbury Park schools on Tuesday was later confirmed to be a suicide.

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STANSBURY PARK, Tooele County — Gunfire that prompted a lockdown for three Stansbury Park schools on Tuesday was later confirmed to be a suicide.

Tooele County Sheriff Frank Park confirmed that deputy Steve Hansen, 37, took his own life Tuesday morning in his home near Stansbury Park Elementary. Tooele police are investigating the incident.

The elementary school was put on lockdown and kindergarten students en route to the area were diverted to another school shortly before 12:30 p.m. while officers responded to the home at 745 Country Club Drive.

A SWAT team went into the home — guns drawn and shields up — and quickly exited again with their weapons lowered.

Rose Springs Elementary and Stansbury High School were also placed under lockdown. All the lockdowns were lifted, however, in less than an hour and parents were instructed they did not need to come pick up their students.

Hansen worked at the Tooele County Sheriff's Office for four years, Park said. He called the married father of six a valuable member of the county's public safety community.

"Deputy Hansen will be deeply missed and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family," Park said.

— McKenzie Romero

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1. MillcreekNative
salt lake city, UT,
Dec. 4, 2013

Sad!

2. EnglishAlan
Rugeley, Staffs,
Dec. 4, 2013

What a huge tragedy. A young father takes his life, leaving a wife and six children and other family members devastated. This is perhaps even more tragic in the fact that it happens at a time of year where families celebrate Thanksgiving and the impending Christmas holiday.

God bless this young family. Let us hope that they find comfort through the Holy Ghost performing one of his most important roles. My thoughts and prayers go out to them.

3. Beverly
Eden, UT,
Dec. 4, 2013

Police officer suicide rates are higher than the national average for the same age group. Officers are concerned about their safety on the street, but more police officers die from suicides than from on duty related deaths. It is a serious problem that law enforcement fails to look at. Over 365 police officer commit suicide every year in the United States. Less than 100 police officers are killed in the line of duty during the same time period. Attempts to prevent any law enforcement deaths should be supported. Recognizing that police officer suicides are occurring substantially more often than any other cause, police training in this area should be supported and funded. Stop worrying about the bad guys and look inside.

4. Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00,
Dec. 4, 2013

Sad.

Another life lost,
another family needlessly devastated.

Somebody should have monitored his meds.

5. Eliyahu
Pleasant Grove, UT,
Dec. 4, 2013

A tragedy for his family, but what a horrible thing to do at a school. There are bound to be a lot of kids traumatized by having this happen at their school.