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Woman found dead, officer injured in Salt Lake City shooting

Posted at 6:14 AM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 13:06:07-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Unified Police are investigating a homicide and a subsequent shootout that left a Salt Lake City officer hospitalized with a gunshot wound early Monday morning.

According to police, a dispatcher received a 911 call from an apartment building at 125 S 300 E around 3:30 Monday morning.

When officers arrived, they saw a suspect through a window and exchanged gunfire. One officer suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound in a lower extremity, according to Det. Greg Wilking, SLCPD.

Other officers administered first aid and applied a tourniquet to the injured officer before the officer was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Police said the suspect, who also suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, fled and was captured about two blocks from the apartment building. He was also hospitalized.

When officers entered an apartment connected to the initial 911 call, they found a woman deceased.

"Sadly, in this case, a woman lost her life and that tears at the fabric of our community," said SLC Police Chief Mike Brown in a news conference Monday morning.

Police later identified the woman as 34-year-old Natalie Thurber.

Two Salt Lake City officers have been placed on leave and the incident is under review by a investigators with an outside police agency - the Unified Police Department - per protocol.

A CBI Security Officer is being credited with finding the suspect a few blocks away.

The company told FOX 13 that people approached one of their security officers out on patrol.

“The first officer on scene is a great individual" said Derek Evans, Senior Vice President of CBI. “You aspire to get into the patrol division, so you know what type of guy he is. He is someone who did his job… worked well with fellow officers… supported our clients… and represented CBI in a way that we would want.”