Report of man ‘beating’ wife and son leads to officer-involved shooting in Sandy

Posted at 7:10 PM, Oct 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-03 15:11:16-04

SANDY, Utah -- Authorities have identified a man who was shot by police in Sandy Friday night.

The shooting took place on 197 E. Corrie Circle around 5:30 p.m. Ivan Kaumans, 56, was shot by officers in a front yard following a domestic call. Police say Kaumans was armed with a rifle.

Kaumans was taken to an area hospital where he remains in stable condition, police said Saturday.

"I heard the police say drop the gun...and then I heard shots fired," said witness Karen Bethers.

The Bethers family lives across the street from the yard where the suspect in this case was shot. They said police gave him several opportunities to surrender peacefully.

"I heard police say to, 'drop the gun,' I saw one of them draw their pistol and was aiming at him and he kept shouting like 10 or 20 times to drop it," said Quintin Brethers.

Three Sandy Police Officers originally arrived on scene in response to a domestic violence call. Police say the suspect was reported to be “beating” his wife and son. He was also attempting to break down a bedroom door where they were hiding.

"They encountered this individual in the front yard, he was armed with a rifle at that point, the responding officer discharged his patrol weapon striking the individual in the arm where the round traveled through and into the chest," said Sgt. Dean Carriger of the Sandy Police Department.

Witnesses are thankful only one bullet was fired, and no one else was hurt.

"I was afraid, I was about ready to duck down because I didn't want to be shot," said Karen Brethers.

Due to new legislation passed in Utah in the past year, all police involved shootings must be investigated by an outside agency. This shooting will be turned over to the Murray Police Department.

Neither the name of the suspect or the officer are being released at this time.

The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition offers help and resources for those affected by domestic violence. Help is available at their website and by calling 1-800-897-5465.

October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and there will be several events held statewide aimed at raising awareness of domestic violence and reducing its impact.

FOX 13 News' Robert Boyd is at the scene of the shooting, tune in to FOX 13 News at Nine for a live report on this developing story.