Police: Man that was shot, killed by passerby was hitting woman, stomping on her head

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Investigators say the man was given several verbal warnings before he was shot

Jeremy Sorensen

PROVO, Utah (ABC4 News)- The Provo Police Department said the man that was shot and killed by a passerby who intervened during an apparent domestic dispute did not heed several warnings.

Police say on Monday a passerby saw 26-year-old Jeremy Sorensen assaulting an 18-year-old woman and confronted Sorensen with a gun.

“Mr. Sorensen ignored several clear verbal warnings and continued to strike the female with a closed fist, bite her, and then began stomping on her head,” the police department tweeted Friday.

The woman was able to break free, at which point police state she “ran behind the passerby”.

Sorensen then reportedly ignored more warnings that he would be shot if he didn’t stop. The passerby fired the gun when Sorensen came for both of them.

Sorensen was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Before details were released in the shooting, Sorensen’s friends and family told ABC4 News they believe lethal force was unnecessary.

Investigators are still working on the nature of the relationship between Sorensen and the woman he was allegedly attacking, but they do confirm they knew each other.

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