WEST HAVEN, Utah (ABC4 News) — Two deputies are on paid administrative leave for shooting a man who is recovering at an area hospital in Weber County Monday morning.
Investigators believe that man is involved in a domestic disturbance in West Haven where neighbors say they heard several shots last night.
“We didn’t know because this is a quiet neighborhood out here, so we didn’t know what was going on,” said Sandy Hicks who lives nearby the shooting.
At 11:45 p.m. Sunday, dispatchers say they got two separate calls for shots fired around 4300 South and 4300 West in West Haven.
Weber County Sheriff deputies were on another “shots fired” call unrelated to this shooting, so Roy City Police responded.
“They gathered the information that there was some sort of domestic dispute at a home in that area,” said Lieutenant Matt Jensen with the Weber County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators said a man and woman were inside the home.
Police officers found the woman and said she wasn’t hurt, but believe she was in a domestic violence situation.
SWAT teams were called out to the home but the man was nowhere to be found.
“We heard the gunshots, so we jumped out of bed because it sounded pretty close,” said Hicks.
Around 3 a.m., two deputies with Weber County Sheriff’s Office found the man, later identified as 37-year-old Justin Jessop of West Haven, a few blocks away near a trailhead off 4000 South and 4300 West.
Lt Jensen said “They came across a male and when they got out to talk to him an incident occurred where shots were fired at this male.”
After the shots were fired Hicks said, “Then we looked out our window, which is upstairs and just seen cop car after cop car going down 4000 S.”
Deputies said Jessop pulled a weapon on them. Initial reports were it was a firearm, but now Lt. Jensen said that is under investigation.
Weber County District Attorney’s Office is investigating this case because it is an Officer Involved Shooting.
Deputies were wearing body cameras and the Weber County District Attorney’s Office will be reviewing the video that is available.
Investigators said there is no word on what started the fight between the man and woman.
They are also investigating if Jessop actually fired at the officers.
Deputies report he is in stable condition and detectives are trying to talk with him.
Jessop has a lengthy criminal history including felony burglary, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a stolen vehicle and failure to respond to the command of a police officer. He additionally has misdemeanor convictions of assault by a prisoner, criminal trespass, intoxication, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.
Jessop spent 7 years at the Utah State Prison on the burglary convictions and was released in June 2015.
If you or someone you know is in a dangerous, domestic situation there is free and confidential help.
Support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence is available 24/7:
Just call 1-800-897-LINK (5465).
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.
This is a developing story. Information will be shared as it becomes available.