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Gary Kumen Chandler, 53, dies after sustaining self inflicted gunshot wound and crashing vehicle into building at 4700 South and 2700 West in Taylorsville, Utah; no other injuries reported

Modified Date: 
Sun, 07/23/2017 - 10:57am
Accident Date: 
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Man hospitalized for self-inflicted gunshot wound after crashing van into Utah public safety building

Taylorsville • A suspected suicidal person was taken to the hospital for a self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday afternoon after crashing a vehicle into the Calvin Rampton public safety complex in Taylorsville. Officials with Utah Department of Public Safety, which is housed in the complex, said the man was still alive when he was transported from the scene. Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell confirmed that a large van or RV had crashed through the glass doors at the front of building, located at 4700 South and 2700 West. The incident began at about 2:08 p.m., according to an online dispatch log.

RV crashes into Utah government building

The Utah Department of Public Safety says investigators are sweeping the vehicle for explosives after the crash Wednesday afternoon at the building in Taylorsville, a suburb of Salt Lake City. The recreational vehicle crashed through a set of glass doors and into the lobby of the building that houses the Utah Highway Patrol and the Utah Department of Transportation, among other agencies. No one in the building was hurt. Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Marissa Villasenor says officers are investigating whether the man targeted the building, and if he shot himself in the head before or after the crash. His name was not immediately released.

Police: Man crashes RV into UDOT building, shoots self

The man was taken from the scene alive and transported to an area hospital, Fuhr said, calling the man's injuries "extreme." All traffic was shut down on Constitution Boulevard in front of the building as police responded Wednesday. The building was evacuated after the crash, and investigators were sweeping the vehicle for possible explosive devices. No one in the building was injured when the man's RV slammed into the front door of the Calvin Rampton Complex, 4501 S. Constitution Blvd. (2700 West), shortly after 2 p.m. TAYLORSVILLE — Though the exact sequence of events remains unclear, police say a man drove a recreational vehicle directly into a main Utah Department of Transportation office complex and shot himself.

Man dies after driving into government building, shooting self

Chandler was apparently upset about his driver's license being suspended for DUI, and the state Driver's License Division not willing to reinstate it. TAYLORSVILLE — A man who drove his motor home through the front doors of a government building before shooting himself has died. In 2015, Chandler took a plea in abeyance, pleading no contest to disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor. The building is equipped with safety features, such as thick, bullet-proof glass both at the entrance and at the reception desk inside. Chandler sent an email to the Driver's License Division several days ago, said Fuhr, who didn't classify the email as threatening but rather Chandler expressing his disagreement with the decision.
Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Gary Kumen Chandler

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