Update: Salt Lake Police wound arson suspect

Jul 10, 2022, 11:09 AM | Updated: 4:26 pm
A man who allegedly set his yard on fire was shot by police Saturday night. (SLPD)...
A man who allegedly set his yard on fire was shot by police Saturday night. (SLPD)

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City police shot and wounded a man Saturday night who was suspected of setting his yard on fire.

Firefighters responded to the yard fire on the 1400 block of South Utahna Drive just after 8 p.m.

The man threatened to shoot firefighters and they called police.

As the officers arrived, they were told the suspect had firearms.

A statement from Salt Lake Police said, “Officers could see smoke billowing from the yard. The officers kept a safe distance and began multiple attempts to communicate with the man.”

Those attempts were not successful and the man went into his house and came out with a firearm.

As he pointed it at police officers they fired shots.

The man ran back into his house and refused to come out. Police eventually talked the suspect into coming out of his home and officers took him into custody.

Paramedics took him to a hospital where police said he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police have not released his name.

“Tonight, while responding to protect our brothers and sisters with the Salt Lake City Fire Department and neighbors, two of our officers found themselves in a situation that required them to use deadly force,” SLCPD Chief Mike Brown said. “I’m proud of our officers’ courage. This was a dynamic situation that put them, and potentially others, in imminent danger.”

The two police officers involved in the shooting were not injured but they are now on administrative leave which is the standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting.

Brown praised firefighters for staying focused on the fire and the paramedics who cared for the injured suspect.

The Salt Lake Officer-Involved Critical Incent team will now investigate the incident and whether the suspect fired his weapon.

Police asked anyone who has photos or video of the scene to call 801-799-3000 and reference case 22-129713.

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