EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah (ABC4) — Sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a man Wednesday morning in rural Utah County after he allegedly pointed a gun at them while they were responding to a medical call.
Garrett Dutson, with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, said at a news conference that the shooting happened in Manning Canyon, a recreational area west of Fairfield, a town roughly 45 miles south of Salt Lake City.
According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, the deputies were called to Wells Canyon Road around 11:15 a.m. after a 911 caller said he shot himself in the leg.
When the deputies arrived on the scene, the man allegedly pointed a gun at them. The deputies order him to drop the weapon, but he did not comply, the statement said.
“In return, the two deputies fired their weapons, hitting the man,” Dutson told reporters.
The deputies performed CPR on the man until emergency crews arrived. The man died at the scene.
The Utah County Officer Involved Critical Incident Team responded to investigate. The unit is tapped to investigate any police use of force incident in the county.
The name of the man killed not been released; nor have the names of the deputies involved.