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Police: Man injured in shooting after he fired shots at responding officers

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Posted at 7:37 PM, Jan 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-08 23:23:30-05

SYRACUSE, Utah -- A man was taken to a hospital by helicopter after he allegedly fired a weapon at police who were responding to a call about  a man with a gun following a domestic situation, and the man was injured when police returned fire.

Officials confirmed to FOX 13 News that police were involved in a shooting in the area of 3000 West and 2100 South at around 7 p.m. Thursday.

Erin Behm, Syracuse Police Department, said a domestic situation between a man and his girlfriend resulted in a call to police about a man with a gun. Personnel from Syracuse police and the Davis County Sheriff's Office responded.

"The call was a man with a gun, the officers arrived and were fired upon immediately," she said. "The officers fired back, and no officers were injured. The suspect was flown by helicopter to a local hospital."

Behm said she did not know the man's condition, only that he had been taken to the hospital by helicopter.

"It's very shocking," she said. "I mean, in our profession you just don't know what you're going to respond to. You could be called to a citizen assist and be fired upon. We just don't know."

Behm said it wasn't clear how many officers fired a weapon during the encounter, and she said at this time they aren't aware of any witnesses to the shooting. The incident is under investigation.

This is the second officer-involved shooting to occur in Utah Thursday. The first was a fatal shooting in the Avenues neighborhood in Salt Lake City, click here for details.