LAST UPDATED, 5:02 p.m.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — Salt Lake City Police (SLCPD) confirmed that a 37-year-old man was shot by officers after he allegedly reached for a gun shortly after 11:30 a.m. the morning of Nov. 8, at a home near 1700 South and 900 East.
The man’s name is not being released at this time, according to SLCPD, though it was confirmed two officers were involved in the shooting. All information provided by police comes from “a preliminary review of limited information,” though separate investigations will be run by SLCPD Internal Affairs and an outside agency that has not yet been named.
Officers responded to a call at the request of the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI)’s Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (MCOT). The 37-year-old man was inside a detached garage at the address. Police were speaking with social workers, family members, and the man when he allegedly reached for a weapon. Both officers on the scene fired shots, according to police.
“Our officers along with Salt Lake City Fire Department rendered life-saving aid to the man and Gold Cross transported him to a local hospital,” said SLCPD Detective Michelle Peterson. She also said the man remains in stable but critical condition. The two officers involved were not hurt but have been placed on administrative leave as part of the department’s Officer-Involved Critical-Incident protocol.
“Today, our officers took action to protect two social workers and a family member during an incident that unfolded in a split second,” said SLCPD Chief Mike Brown. “Our officers were asked by social workers to respond to this call for their protection and assistance. These are situations that are never predictable, but our two involved officers relied on their training and experience to protect others and themselves.”
The incident led to the closure of 900 East between 1700 South and Wilson Ave. for a large portion of the afternoon.