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UTA officer shoots robbery suspect

Sep 2, 2022, 8:37 AM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 11:27 am

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SALT LAKE CITY — A 50-year-old man is in critical condition this morning after being shot by a UTA police officer Thursday night. The UTA said the two officers involved in the incident have been placed on paid administrative leave.

An individual approached two officers at approximately 9 p.m. on Thursday on the TRAX platform at 9th South and 2nd West, claiming to have been robbed.

Officers went to investigate and located an individual who matched the description. Once found, the suspect, a 50-year-old man, pulled out a knife. 

UTA Spokesperson Carl Arky said one of the officers on the platform then pulled a gun and shot the man. The suspect was taken to the hospital in critical condition. No one else was injured.

Arky said that in accordance with protocol, the shooting is being investigated by the West Valley Police Department.

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