Neighbor recounts events that led up to Sunday’s deadly shooting in Taylorsville

Mar 17, 2024, 3:10 PM | Updated: Mar 18, 2024, 10:34 am

TAYLORSVILLE — One man is dead following a shooting involving law enforcement personnel in Taylorsville Sunday afternoon.

The Unified Police Department said officers shot a man after he pulled a gun on them.

The incident happened near 3954 W. 5820 South at approximately 12:30 p.m.

According to police, officers were responding to a reported domestic violence incident. While officers were speaking with the man, identified Monday as 33-year-old Foueti Afeaki, in the garage, police say Afeaki produced a handgun.

“At some point during the investigation, during the incident, the suspect produced a weapon and there were officers that discharged their firearm,” Cheshire said.

Police said they aren’t sure if Afeaki fired his weapon. Three officers have been placed on administrative leave per officer-involved critical incident protocol.

A neighbor’s account

Hilario Rodriguez, who lives in the neighborhood, shared his account of the situation with KSL.

“Last night, I came home about 9 o’clock,” Rodriguez said “Police were here. So, I went inside. Don’t want to get anyone’s business. And then showed up here, started working on my truck. Police showed up again. I heard gunshots. I went inside for a second. Came back out. Just continue working on my truck.”

Rodriguez said the situation happened quickly.

“They were they were pretty quick,” he said. “I just reacted like I have always. I’ve heard them before and just went inside.”

Afeaki was transported to a hospital in critical condition, where he later died. No officers were injured in the shooting.

“The cops handled it, they did their job,” Rodriguez said. “Went in there, took care of it, got the guy out, and then called it good.”

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Neighbor recounts events that led up to Sunday’s deadly shooting in Taylorsville