Suspect in Cedar City murder case dies from self-inflicted injuries

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CEDAR CITY  — The Cedar City Police Department reported Wednesday that the suspect in a weekend murder investigation died of self-inflicted injuries.

Officers responded Sunday evening to a report of shots fired and discovered 47-year-old Jeremey Hunter deceased from multiple gunshot wounds. The suspect, 26-year-old Chaz Bennett, fled the scene on foot. Bennett ran from officers for a short time before shooting himself with a rifle he was carrying.

Officers administered aid to Bennett who was then transported to the hospital for his injuries. Bennett died Wednesday as a result of his injuries.

The motive behind the incident is still under investigation. Bennett’s body will be transported to the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

A press release issued Wednesday extends the investigators’ condolences to all families involved.

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