South Salt Lake, UT – Two deputies were shot in the face during a confrontation with a suspect outside of the Salt Lake County Metro Jail Saturday morning.
The incident happened at around 10:30 a.m. in a grassy area near the jail parking lot, according to KVVU.
Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera said that the two deputies were on patrol when they approached the suspect.
“Something occurred to get their attention to go talk with him, and then it happened very quickly where there was an encounter and shots were fired,” Sheriff Rivera said, according to ABC News. “He did shoot at our deputies, and our deputies shot back.”
During the confrontation, one deputy was shot in the face and the other was shot in the eye.
The suspect was fatally shot during the gunfight.
One of the deputies is in stable condition and is expected to be discharged from the hospital soon. The other is in critical but stable condition.
“It’s devastating when anybody in law enforcement is in a situation like this,” Sheriff Rivera said, according to KVVU. “For our sheriff’s office deputies and our employees, it’s something you don’t really expect would occur on a Saturday morning.”
No further information has been released about the suspect or deputies at this time.
BREAKING: 2 Salt Lake County Sheriff’s deputies shot in the face outside jail.— Kelly Vaughen (@KellyVaughen) April 10, 2021
One deputy will be released from the hospital soon, the other will remain in the hospital but is stable.
The suspect was shot and killed. They haven’t figured out who the shooter is yet. @KUTV2News pic.twitter.com/e2U46N1rpY
My thoughts are with the deputies who were injured in a horrific shooting this morning near the Salt Lake County @SLCOMetroJail. All of us at @SLCoGov are grateful for the sacrifice that law enforcement makes each day. Our hearts and hopes are with the deputies and their families— Mayor Jenny Wilson (@SLCoMayor) April 10, 2021
Such an awful tragedy outside the Salt Lake County Jail today. Abby and I are praying for the two deputies fighting for their lives.— Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox (@GovCox) April 10, 2021
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