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Family identifies man officer shot in Salt Lake City

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Posted at 9:53 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 10:01:54-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- We now know the name of the man involved in Sunday’s officer-involved shooting.

Family confirms 28-year-old Palm Lautaimi was shot by police. Those two Salt Lake City police officers are on standard paid administrative leave.

Now the Adult Probation and Parole is facing some hard questions about why this man was out on the streets in the first place.

Shots echoed through a Salt Lake City neighborhood.

The suspect’s family confirms Lautaimi was shot by an officer Sunday.

Lautaimi was taken to a local hospital in critical condition but police say his condition is now stable. Jail records show this isn't Lautaimi's first run-in with law enforcement.

In June of 2007, Lautaimi terrorized a west Salt Lake neighborhood during a drive-by shooting. He pleaded guilty to three felony charges. In 2014 Lautaimi was released on parole.

On Jan. 16, during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, Lautaimi was pulled over by West Valley City police.

Court documents show police found he had 10 individual twist baggies, which field tested positive for methamphetamine. And in his right pocket a loaded .22 caliber handgun. Both violations of his parole but Lautaimi wasn't sent to prison.

The probable cause states "Adult probation and parole was contacted but would not respond to transport him back to the prison due to the holiday.”

No charges were filed so three days later Lautaimi was released from jail.

Fifteen days later, officers confronted him on the street, which is when Salt Lake City Police say he became violent and was shot.

FOX13 received this statement from the Utah Department of Corrections:

The Utah Department of Corrections is reviewing its management and supervision of Palm Lautaimi, including circumstances and information related to his arrest on January 16.

That review includes the probable cause statement from the January 16 arrest, which if accurate, includes an unacceptable response from our agency as far as this Administration is concerned.