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Tooele police shoot man during alleged domestic violence incident

Posted at 8:24 AM, Jan 12, 2022

TOOELE, Utah — Tooele police were on scene of an apparent officer involved critical incident situation where one suspect was shot Wednesday morning.

The shooting happened at 600 South and 900 West, according to police. Officers entered the house, a fight ensued, and one officer shot the man.

Police on scene told FOX 13 it started around 4 a.m. when the wife of the suspect called police to say her husband had left home, that he was intoxicated, suicidal and armed.

She later called back to say he returned home and there was no need for officers to respond. But, at 5 a.m. she called a third time, saying her husband had become violent.

"The dispatcher could hear the female screaming for the male to leave her alone," said Lieutenant Jeremy Hansen with Tooele City Police. "Officers responded, when they arrived there was a confrontation in the garage with the husband. He is a 49-year-old male, he was armed. During the course of that confrontation the suspect fired one round and our officers returned fire with two rounds, striking the suspect.”

In an update from the Tooele Police Department, officials clarified that the officer first fired two rounds at the suspect before the suspect returned fire.

After the scene was secured, the suspect was flown by medical helicopter to Salt Lake area hospital where he was last reported to be in critical but stable condition. There was a 17-year-old boy in the home at the time but he and mom are apparently OK.

Lt. Hansen said neither of the officers were struck by gunfire or injured. They are now being interviewed and at least one, possibly both of them will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation.