Man killed following officer-involved shooting in Cedar City identified

Southern Utah

Update 11/13: Police have identified the man killed as 56-year-old James Aubrey Sr.


CEDAR CITY (ABC4 News) – A man is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Cedar City Monday afternoon.

Iron County Sheriff’s Office reported the shooting happened around 1 p.m. near 820 South and Sunset Drive.

The sheriff’s office said dispatch received a phone call from a woman reporting her husband making threats against her, her adult son and law enforcement.

Cedar City police officers responded to the residence. Police said when they announced their presence and requested the man come out with his hands visible, the man “approached law enforcement officers while pointing a handgun in their direction.” Before officers arrived on scene, they were unaware that the man had a firearm on him, officials told ABC4 News.

The officers opened fire and fired multiple rounds hitting the man. Police said officers at the scene began lifesaving efforts; however, when medical personnel responded, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities say the man’s wife and son were outside the home throughout the shooting. No officers were injured during the incident.

“None of the officers want to take somebody’s life,” Iron County Sheriff’s Lt. Del Schlosser said. “I think that’s the important thing here. Nobody goes out looking for that. Sometimes these situations are very split-second decisions.”

“Our number one priority is the officer. Is he okay in a situation like this in the end?” Schlosser added. “History shows that it’s within 5 years that an officer is involved in a officer-involved-shooting that he leaves the force.”

The Iron/Garfield, Beaver Critical Incident Task Force is now investigating the shooting. The deceased individual’s name has not yet been released.

This is a developing story. The Sheriff’s Office said it cannot confirm at this time how many officers were involved, how long the officers involved were on the force, or whether or not anyone has been placed on administrative leave.

WHAT OTHERS ARE READING:

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.