Utah approaches document excessive in police-involved shootings


A Salt Lake Metropolis police-involved capturing this week marks the 30th incident of its variety statewide in 2020 – one of many highest totals in Utah lately, in response to a report.

Brokers from Utah’s State Bureau of Investigation shot at a drug suspect round three p.m. Thursday within the Rose Park neighborhood of Salt Lake Metropolis. Hours earlier, they noticed him concerned in “alleged narcotic exercise” and realized he had a number of excellent warrants, the state’s Division of Public Security mentioned in a press launch.

Later, after recognizing the suspect in his Mercedes SUV, brokers adopted him till “some sort of alternate occurred” prompting officers to shoot at him, police mentioned.

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Nonetheless driving, the suspect careened right into a FedEx supply truck earlier than coming to a cease, police mentioned. The FedEx driver was not injured. 

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The suspect suffered non-life-threatening accidents, police mentioned, together with a “graze” wound from the bullet, a DPS spokesperson informed The Salt Lake Tribune. His identification was not launched.

He was taken into custody and handled at a neighborhood hospital. There may be police physique digital camera footage of the capturing, officers mentioned. 

Based on the Tribune, Thursday’s incident marked the 30th police-involved capturing within the state this yr – reaching the very best quantity Utah has seen since 2018. There have been 16 police-involved shootings in 2019, the report states.

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As for deadly police shootings, the very best quantity was in 2018, with 19, in response to the Tribune report. This yr noticed the second-highest variety of deadly police-involved shootings with 17; 12 folks have been fatally shot police in 2019.

A spokesperson for the Utah Division of Public Security didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request in search of remark. 



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