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Police: Man shot by police after attacking father, charging officers with weapons

OREM, Utah — One man was shot and killed after he allegedly attacked his father with a knife before charging officers with weapons in his hands.

Officials with the Orem Police Department said officers were dispatched to the area of 1100 South and 50 East Sunday night regarding a domestic violence incident.

The caller told police a 41-year-old man had attacked his 68-year-old father with a knife and fled the scene.

The victim was treated for wounds in his neck area at the scene and transported to an area hospital; an update on his condition was not immediately available.

Officers from multiple agencies responded to the scene and began searching for the suspect, who fled the scene on foot.

Authorities say the suspect was located a short time later. Officers attempted to take him into custody but said he was not compliant before he allegedly charged police.

“The male charged at officers, with weapons in both of his hands, and shots were fired by at least one of the officers,” Orem police said in a press release.

A witness told KSL TV he heard multiple gunshots around the corner from the apartment that was blocked off by police Monday morning.

Neighbors described what they saw as police came face-to-face with the man.

“I heard yelling. All of a sudden, I hear ‘bang, bang, bang,’” said Sheri Stockle.

She was rattled out of bed this morning and woke up her husband.

“I look out the window and I go, ‘Oh my gosh they shot him,’” he said.

Steps from their apartment, the Stockles watched as police confronted the suspect.

“There were cops all over, we had yellow tape up in the front,” said Tommy Stockle.

He only saw the aftermath but said his neighbor saw the confrontation as the man charged at officers.

“The guy had blood all over his hands and a knife and everything and he had lunged at the cops,” Stockle said.

“It’s a traumatic situation for us all,” Sheri Stockle added. “We have a lot a little kids all around here so I can only imagine what they’re going through.”

Authorities immediately began rendering first aid but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Orem police confirmed no officers were injured in the incident.

The Utah County Officer-Involved Critical Incident Team is leading the investigation. Authorities said the involved officers were wearing body cameras and that footage will be given to investigators.

Police said more information would be released at a later date.

Domestic violence resources

If you or someone you know is going through abuse, free and confidential statewide support is available 24/7 through the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition 1-800-897-LINK (5465).

You can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Resources are also available online at the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition website.

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