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South Salt Lake Cop Shot During Gun Battle While Responding To Disturbance

South Salt Lake, UT – A South Salt Lake Police Department (SSLPD) officer was wounded during a shootout with a suspect after responding to a disturbance call late Monday night.

The deadly confrontation occurred on Sept. 26 just before midnight, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The SSLPD said a supervisor sergeant and a younger officer responded to the area of 400 East Robert Avenue after receiving a report about a man with a gun, according to KSTU.

Investigators said the situation quickly escalated into a shootout between the officers and an armed male suspect.

The unidentified gunman was mortally wounded during the exchange of gunfire, KSTU reported.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to KSTU.

One of the officers was also shot.

The wounded hero was rushed to a local hospital in stable condition, according to police.

SSLPD Executive Officer Danielle Croyle later told reporters that the officer who was shot was released from the hospital Tuesday morning and was continuing to recover at home.

The second officer was not physically injured during the shootout, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Details regarding what led up to the shooting and how many rounds were fired were not immediately released, nor was the identity of the deceased suspect.

Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave while the Salt Lake City Police Department investigates the incident, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Officer Croyle told reporters that the scene was still “very dynamic, fluid, [and] intense” on Tuesday morning, KSTU reported.

“It’s just a heartbreaking situation and [we are] thankful that our officers are doing okay,” she added.

Officer Croyle said police do not believe there is any immediate threat to the community, KUTV reported.

They asked residents to stay clear of the area while the investigation is underway.

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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