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Officers shoot and kill man during traffic stop in Provo

Posted at 5:38 AM, Aug 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-25 15:51:01-04

PROVO, Utah — Investigators are still gathering evidence hours after Provo officers shot and killed a man during a traffic stop on 300 North near 900 West.

Police said the shooting happened a little after 10:00 p.m. Tuesday night. Police said officers attempted to stop a 2014 Buick Lacrosse that was driving suspiciously.

They said they attempted to pull the driver over but he took off. Officers said they initially decided not to chase. Then a short time later officers said they spotted that Buick again and once again officers approached the vehicle.

Police said the driver, later identified by police as 48-year-old Paul Rasmussen, refused to cooperate and got out of the vehicle.

Police reported that Rasmussen then pulled a gun out and pointed it at the officers. They shot him several times. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment but did not survive.

The Officer Involved Critical Incident Team (OICI) is actively investigating this incident.