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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Utah shootout leaves 2 deputies wounded; suspect dead

Two Salt Lake County sheriff’s deputies have been wounded — one shot within the eye and the opposite within the cheek — and the suspect was killed throughout a shootout Saturday morning exterior the county jail.

Officials stated each deputies have been taken to a hospital and have been anticipated to outlive. Their identities weren’t instantly out there.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera stated in a information convention that the 2 injured officers have been companions and labored as a part of campus safety.

The deputy shot within the eye is in essential however steady situation and present process surgical procedure, officers stated.

“We do believe he is going to survive,” Rivera stated.

The different deputy was grazed within the cheek by a bullet and is anticipated to be launched from the hospital quickly, officers stated.

“It could have been a lot worse,” Rivera stated, including that officers have surveillance video of the shootout.

Rivera stated the suspect, a person who gave the impression to be about 30 years outdated, shouldn’t be recognized to the division and gave the impression to be a transient.

“We don’t know what their intent was,” Rivera stated of the suspect.

The suspect was carrying a weapon and opened fireplace as deputies approached him on a garden exterior the jail round 10:30 a.m., Rivera stated. She didn’t know if one or each deputies returned fireplace, or what number of pictures have been fired.

The officers have been assigned to offer safety on the sheriff’s campus, which incorporates the Salt Lake County Metro Jail, (*2*).

“What that requires them to do is to drive around the campus and make sure things are secure and also to render aid if anybody needs aid,” Rivera stated. “This individual may have been on the grass. We don’t know if he was asleep or not, but something occurred to get their attention to go talk with him. And then it happened very quickly where there was an encounter and shots were fired.”

“We are just fortunate that they weren’t killed,” the sheriff stated.

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