Police: Man shot, killed after charging Grantsville officers with knife
Aug 26, 2021, 5:53 AM | Updated: Sep 1, 2021, 1:05 pm
GRANTSVILLE, Utah — One man was shot and killed by police after authorities said he charged officers with a knife.
Officials with the Grantsville Police Department said the shooting happened after officers identified a suspect in an active Internet Crimes Against Children case Wednesday afternoon.
Officers attempted a traffic stop and said the suspect stopped after a brief pursuit along state Route 112, between Grantsville and Tooele.
“Once the vehicle stopped, the suspect charged the officers with a knife,” Grantsville police said in a statement. “An officer fired a weapon and struck the suspect.”
Police said officers and medical personnel attempted life-saving measures, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Grantsville Police later identified that man as Rodney Barton, 42. The shooting is under investigation by the Utah Highway Patrol, Tooele County Attorney’s Office and the Utah State Bureau of Investigation.