SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A man is in the hospital tonight in critical condition and two officers are on administrative leave following an officer involved shooting in Salt Lake City.
There was a big police presence in south Salt Lake following this officer involved shooting that happened around 4:00 p.m. Viewer video posted to Facebook shows the scene as officers fired 6 to 7 gun shots. In the video the suspect is seen wearing a white shirt, his hands appear to move, seconds later the gun shots go off and he falls to the ground.
Officers approached the suspect, near 1300 S Main Street where they conducted a pedestrian stop. It is still unclear why officers stopped the man.
“As they spoke to him there was a small foot chase that ensued shortly there after, at the termination of that foot chase shots were fired, the male was hit and he was transported to the hospital,” said Salt Lake City Police Sgt. Robin Heiden.
The pursuit ended near a home at 1340 S Major Street. It was there that cell phone video captured the scene as gun shots rang out and the suspect fell to the floor.
Police did not confirm whether the suspect did or did not have a weapon. He was taken to a local area hospital for his injuries and as of tonight is listed in critical condition.
Police set up a containment area near the scene and a canopy was placed to protect the scene from the elements as they continue to determine what led to the shooting. Meanwhile, two officers have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Per officer involved shooting protocol, West Valley City Police along with the District Attorney’s Office will be taking over the investigation. Police have yet to release the identity of the man who was shot. ABC4 News was told more details would become available as early as Monday morning.
Stick with ABC4 News as we continue to follow the events of the investigation as they unfold.