On Thursday, May 27, 2010, officers from the Kanab City Police Department and the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force responded to the home of Rex Lee Smart in Kanab to serve an arrest warrant and search warrant.

Officers made contact with Smart and advised him why they were there. Smart stepped into an adjacent office in the home to retrieve his shoes. After only seconds, Smart was able to gain access to a handgun and fired one round, hitting himself.

Smart was transported to the Kane County Hospital by ambulance where he died from his injury.

The case remains under investigation by the Kanab City Police Department and the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office.