TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC4) — A Taylorsville man was shot and killed by police during a domestic situation late Wednesday night, Oct. 4.
Taylorsville Police Department Lt. Aaron Cheshire told ABC4 the shooting happened shortly after 10 p.m. in the area of 5000 South and 3800 West. Police responded to reports of a domestic situation between a man and a woman in the area, where the man was reportedly intoxicated.
When officers arrived, the woman was able to get out of the home with her three-month-old child, leaving the man alone inside. The man, who has been identified as Joseph Potts, 34, barricaded himself in the home and allegedly began firing a gun.
“As officers arrived, the male inside began firing rounds inside the residence and also from inside to outside the residence,” said Cheshire. “As that was going on, [officers] were attempting to call and negotiate with him and were not having success with that.”
A reverse 911 call was issued for neighboring residents, ordering a shelter-in-place during the incident.
The incident came to an end when Potts came out of the house wearing “tactical-type gear and showed his rife,” according to a police statement. Police opened fire on the suspect and he was pronounced dead on the scene. The woman, the child and officers were uninjured in the incident.
Taylorsville Police said Potts had no history of aggravated violence and no previous contact with law enforcement.
Lt. Cheshire said the Officer Involved Critical Incident protocol had been invoked and a protocol team arrived on the scene to investigate the shooting. Salt Lake City Police Department will be handling the investigation into the shooting.
Taylorsville Police Department confirmed a SWAT officer has been placed on administrative leave, “as is customary in an officer-involved incident.”
Support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence is available 24/7: 1-800-897-LINK (5465). If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, please call 911 immediately.