Police: Family requests ID be withheld of man shot dead after pulling gun on officer in Kearns

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KEARNS, Utah, Aug. 4, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — Unified Police said Tuesday afternoon the family of a man who was shot and killed by an officer in Kearns has asked his identity not be released at this time.

“We have identified the male involved in the officer involved critical incident in Kearns this morning,” said a tweet from Unified Police Department. “Upon contacting the individual’s family, they have asked that we not release his name at this time. Out of respect for the family, we are honoring this request.

“We anticipate releasing the name at some point in the future, but it is unknown when that might be. We have no additional updates or details to provide at this time. Thank you for your understanding.”

The incident started at about 5 a.m., near 5400 South and 5400 West in Kearns. According to police, a man walking on the street was stopped by police, and fled when the officer turned to check out information from the patrol car.

When the officer caught up to the man, he reportedly pulled out a gun and pointed it at the officer, who fired on the man.

Life-saving measures were performed, but the man died at the scene. The officer was not hurt. The victim is believed to be in his 30s.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera spoke from the scene.

“We seem to find more and more people who are armed,” she said. “We don’t know what their intention is, but we do what we can to keep our residents safe.”

Gephardt Daily will update this developing story as more information becomes available.


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