SANDY, Utah (ABC4) — One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Sandy on Sunday morning, Mar. 26, according to Sandy Police.
The shooting occurred in the area of 11000 block of S. Eagle Bend Rd. around 1 a.m. after officers responded to a report of a man who appeared to be in a mental health crisis, according to Sgt. Greg Moffitt of Sandy Police.
Officials say the officer located the man walking who then reportedly “presented a threat that resulted in our officer discharging his firearm.” The man was pronounced dead on the scene.
Following protocol for officer-involved critical incidents, a team comprised of investigators from multiple police departments, excluding the one involved, has begun an investigation into the incident. The officer has also been placed on paid administrative leave as a part of the protocol.
Moffitt said their department “takes a really progressive stance” with training and focuses on mental health crisis and de-escalation tactics. He continued to say these situations are difficult as they can take “a very Jurassic turn” in a matter of seconds.
“In this case, it took a tragic turn of events when what we are really trying to do is preserve life and not end it,” Moffitt said.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, call the suicide prevention hotline at 988. National Alliance on Mental Illness Utah: namiut.org