RIVERTON, Utah (ABC4 News) – An intoxicated, partially naked man holding a knife was shot by a Riverton resident after he attempted to follow two teens into their home Monday night.
Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke said the incident happened just after 11 p.m. when 36-year-old Derrick Palmer was carrying a knife and dropped his pants as he approached a car with two teenagers inside. The teens then called their mother who opened the garage door to their home located at 11638 S. Winford Drive. The teens ran inside their home and away from Palmer.
Palmer, still holding the knife, followed them into the garage and attempted to go inside their home. The teen’s father confronted Palmer with his gun and Palmer refused to leave. A struggle ensued inside the garage and the father shot Palmer multiple times.
When officers arrived, the father was compliant, placed the gun down and was detained. Palmer then stood up and attempted to go towards the gun. After multiple attempts to get Palmer to stop, officers grabbed the gun and secured it. Palmer then attempted to gain entry to the house again when officers used a Taser to stop him.
Palmer was placed in handcuffs and transported to the hospital in critical condition. He has since been upgraded to serious and remains at the hospital.
Lohrke said the man was not from the area and was visiting a neighbor. Detectives from UPD’s Violent Crimes Unit are investigating the case to be screened by the District Attorney for possible charges.
No one else was injured.