Off-duty officer was targeted for robbery, investigators say

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Investigators have released more information about a shooting that left a West Valley City police officer and two juveniles injured.

On November 7, an off-duty West Valley City police officer went to check his mail at a communal mailbox at 1250 West 3301 South. Police say as the officer walked back to his apartment, he was confronted by two suspects with a handgun.

Investigators say it appeared to have been an attempted robbery. During the confrontation, police say multiple rounds were fired both at the officer and by the officer.

The officer was shot once in the foot and both suspects were shot before they took off. The officer contacted police dispatch and told them he had been shot.

A short time later, two teenagers showed up at a local hospital in a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle seeing fleeing the scene where the officer was shot. A 17-year-old boy was shot once, and a 15-year-old boy was shot twice.

Investigators say the off-duty officer was not in uniform and they don’t believe the suspects knew their intended target was a police officer.

The wounded officer was released from the hospital and he is now recovering. Per protocol with officer-involved shooting, he is not on paid administrative while the investigation into this incident is underway.

The 17-year-old was released from the hospital and booked into juvenile detention. The 15-year-old is still recovering in the hospital. He will be booked when he is released.

The case against the suspects, along with the investigation into the officer’s use of deadly force, will be presented to the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office “in the near future,” police say.

The officer involved is a three-year veteran with the West Valley City Police Department.

This is a developing story. Updates will be posted as they become available. 

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