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Domestic violence stabbing suspect shot, killed by police in Orem

Posted at 9:17 AM, Nov 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-29 19:28:44-05

OREM, Utah — A man was shot and killed Sunday night by police in Orem.

According to a police statement, the incident started at 11:46 p.m. Sunday night when a domestic violence call was reported to police near 1100 South 50 East.

Officers rushed to the scene where a 41-year-old man and his 68-year-old father were involved in a fight, according to a caller.

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The 41-year-old had allegedly stabbed his father with a knife before fleeing the scene.

Officers and paramedics arrived at the home and began treating the victim, who had suffered a cut to his neck, while also searching for the offender, who had escaped on foot.

Other agencies sent officers to assist in securing the scene and searching for the 41-year-old man. A short time later, the man was found and officers attempted to apprehend him, but he refused to cooperate.

The statement said the man charged at officers with weapons in both hands, and at least one of the officers fired shots. The suspect did not have a gun, police said. One of the weapons was a knife, and the other they believe was a bat.

The man was given medical assistance, but he died from his injuries at the scene.

Mykenzie Castle couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw all this from her bedroom window.

“It’s one thing to watch it on TV, and it's another thing to watch it right in front of you. Definitely not what I expected to see last night,” she said.

Castle first heard the commotion, just before 11 p.m. Sunday.

“The cops were trying to talk down this guy. They gave him multiple chances. There wasn’t much more than swearing and he just seemed really angry. Most of what I heard was 'Put the knife down,'" she said.

Castle didn’t know the suspect involved, but she did notice how quickly the situation turned from officers trying to talk him down, to him being shot, then first responders attempting to save his life.

“We’ve had neighbors argue before — I mean, you can hear everything in this neighborhood, so I thought it was just another little argument,” she said.

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The stabbing victim was taken to the hospital and treated; his current condition is unclear.

The Utah County Officer-Involved Critical Incident Team was dispatched to the scene and will be in charge of the investigation. At the time of the incident, the officers involved were wearing body cameras, which will be turned over to the Critical Incident Team for examination.