An Eagle Mountain man took his own life after a two hour standoff with Sheriff's Deputies. He is suspected in his girlfriend's death earlier in the day. Orem police are investigating her death.
On December 28, 2015 at about 1:55 PM, Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to assist Orem and Provo Police Departments with locating a man who was reported to be suicidal. Using a cell phone ping, a way for a cell service provider to give location information about a phone, Deputies were directed to the parking lot of the Ranches Golf Club in Eagle Mountain. The man also told a family member he was going to turn himself in to Sheriff's Deputies in Eagle Mountain. A Deputy arrived and located the man in his car in that parking lot. Information provided to Deputies was that this man might be in possession of a firearm. Deputies did not approach the car initially, but chose to wait for other Deputies to respond in order to provide better security at the scene.
A negotiator with the Sheriff's Office established phone contact with the man. The man, David Brigham Driscoll, age 37, of Eagle Mountain, spoke with negotiators for almost 2 hours. During that time Driscoll also communicated with a family member. As it began to get dark, Utah County Metro SWAT officials became concerned that darkness would create an environment with greater risk that Driscoll would leave his car and attempt to flee the scene. Were this to happen it would create a significant risk to residents in nearby homes. Additional vehicles were brought to the scene to provide lighting in the event Driscoll chose to attempt to flee.
Driscoll told negotiators several times he would give himself up. At about 5:20 PM Deputies heard a gunshot they believed came from Driscoll's car. When they approached the vehicle they found him deceased from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound. Driscoll never directly threatened Deputies and there were no shots fired by law enforcement. While Driscoll's motive for taking his life is unclear, he was scheduled tomorrow, December 29, 2015, to appear in 4th District Court for a preliminary hearing to address charges related to allegations he had sexually abused young children. The investigation at the scene is ongoing because of concerns that there might be other weapons or explosives in Driscoll's car. The Bomb Squad with the Utah County Sheriff's office is clearing the car. Driscoll's body will be transported to the Office of Medical Examiner in Salt Lake.
For questions, contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO. For questions about the homicide investigation in Orem related to this case contact Orem Police Department.