A suspect was killed by police Sunday night in Grantsville, Utah, after he walked up to an officer holding a gun.
Grantsville City Police Chief Kevin Turner defended the shooting of the suspect, whose name was not immediately released. The man was shot and killed after he came out of his home and approached an officer while brandishing a handgun.
“A male came out of the home and was armed. Officers responded with appropriate action,” Turner told Fox 13 News.
The man had barricaded himself inside his home and an officer was called in to conduct a “welfare check,” on the suspect, the Deseret News reported. The officer then called for backup when officers shot him, according to KSL.
The three officers who were involved in the police shooting were placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure anytime officers shoot a suspect, KSL reported.
It was unclear how many times police shot at the suspect, who died at the scene.
Another police department is now investigate the officer-involved shooting, Turner told ABC 4 Utah.
"Tooele City is investigating the incident for us," Turner said. "We're doing a concurrent investigation as per protocol. I have 3 officers that will be on administrative leave for a little bit."
Howard Koplowitz reports on crime and breaking news events for International Business Times. Howard formerly worked on IBT's continuous news desk, where he covered trending...