MIDVALE, Utah (News4Utah) – The parking lot of a McDonald’s in Midvale was turned into a crime scene following an officer-involved shooting near 7200 South 425 West.
#BREAKING: Officer-involved shooting involving Unified PD.
Per PD: Officer spotted man acting “erratically” in McDonald’s parking lot in Midvale. Officer stopped suspect. Scuffle ensued. Suspect pulled out weapon. Officer shot him. Officer not injured. Live details on @ABC4GMU pic.twitter.com/haBpC2CtkY— Brittany (@BJohnsonABC4) August 15, 2018
The incident started at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when an officer with the Unified Police Department “spotted a man acting erratically,” said Sgt. Melody Gray with the Unified Police Department.
According to Gray, the officer approached the 26-year-old suspect, a scuffle ensued and the suspect pulled out a screwdriver and stabbed the officer, that’s when Gray said the officer pulled out his gun and fired at the suspect.
The suspect was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries. He has since been identified as Steve Michael Darrel Hawkins of Salt Lake City. Thanks to a ballistic vest, the officer was not injured, Gray said.
Investigators say it’s unclear why Hawkins would be in the area because the McDonald’s closed hours before the incident.
“Everything in the area is shut down for the night. So again, just that routine patrol. Something is not right here. The officer doing what he’s supposed to do and made that stop,” Gray told News4Utah’s Brittany Johnson.
Detectives with the Salt Lake City Police Department are taking over the investigation.
News4Utah will update this story when more information becomes available.