DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A man shot himself at the same time a sheriff deputy fired two rounds at him during a domestic incident near Roosevelt early Sunday morning.
In a press release issued by the Duchesne County Sheriff, deputies, as well as two officers with Roosevelt Police responded to a domestic violence call around 2 a.m. at a home south of Roosevelt near 500 East and 5000 South.
Law enforcement were told the suspect was armed with a gun.
When the deputies and officers arrived, they found the suspect outside the home.
As they were attempting to detain the man, he pulled a handgun, racked the gun’s slide to chamber a bullet and began to bring the gun up.
One of the deputies fired two rounds as the man brought the gun up towards his head and pulled the trigger, shooting himself in the head. The deputy’s shots missed the man and struck a nearby vehicle.
The suspect was taken to Uintah Basin Medical Center in Roosevelt before being flown by medical helicopter to a Wasatch Front hospital.
The man is expected to survive. None of the law enforcement officers involved were physically injured.
Deputies are not releasing his name at this time.
The deputy who fired his gun has been placed on paid administrative leave as an internal investigation is conducted of the incident.
An independent investigation of the incident is also being conducted by the Basin Critical Incident Team.
Support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence is available 24/7: 1-800-897-LINK (5465). If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.
If you or someone you love is in need of suicide prevention support, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit the website for more info.
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