Motorcyclist shot by police in Holladay traffic altercation was state fugitive


HOLLADAY, Utah, (ABC4 News) – Multiple jurisdictions are responding to an officer-involved shooting in the area of 4500 South and 2300 East in Holladay.

In video obtained by ABC4, two people can be seen in a scuffle. At one point, one of the two people picks up an object and is shot.

The name of the suspect taken to the hospital is Eric Pectol, age 49, of Layton. Police say he was a state fugitive.

According to witness reports, a motorcyclist was involved in an altercation at the intersection. An officer near the scene stepped in, witnesses say, and it was at that point the incident developed between the motorcyclist and law enforcement. Witnesses tell ABC4 the motorcyclist brandished some sort of handgun.

Witnesses say they heard four to five shots at which point the person alleged to have had a gun dropped to the ground.

According to police, there was a “pretty aggressive fight with the officers”. Authorities say the alleged suspect bent down to grab a gun, pointed it at the officers, and was shot.

Police say the suspect is in either critical or serious condition.

No officers were injured in the altercation.

Granite School District says a school bus at the scene had at least five students inside at the time of the incident. “Both the bus driver and the students witnessed it fully,” the district says. “We have extended crisis counseling services to both the student and the driver.”

The district says it is still making notices to some families of students that may have witnessed the incident.

Area the OICI has occurred. Courtesy Google Maps

First images of the scene are coming into the ABC4 newsroom, including video of the altercation. ABC4 has edited the video due to its graphic nature.

Officers say a body camera was worn during the incident but there is not a timeline when that footage will be released.

Per protocol, no officers will be placed on paid administrative leave until the protocol team finishes its initial investigation.

First responders and ABC4 News are on scene. ABC4 News will have more as the story develops.

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