OREM, Utah, Oct. 14, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials have identified a 17-year-old who died after an officer-involved shooting in Orem Friday.
The deceased is Jacob E. Albrethsen, a student at Orem High School, Orem Police Department said in a news release on Facebook. Officials added the family of Albrethsen agreed to release his name.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officers and their families as well as Jacob’s family,” the news release said. “This is a tragedy any way you look at it. There is still a lot of work to do and we really appreciate your support and patience.”
Alpine School District will have counselors available Monday for students that may need them, the news release added.
According to police dispatchers, the shooting took place Friday about 3 p.m. at a home located at 81 N. Paradise Drive near North 600 East.
Orem Police Lt. Craig Martinez said two officers were sent to the residence after 911 operators received a call of a family dispute. The officers entered the home and were confronted by Albrethsen, who was allegedly brandishing a knife.
Martinez said one of the officers deployed a Taser on the suspect, but it failed to stop him. Both officers then opened fire, critically wounding Albrethsen, who was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died a short while later.
Martinez said both officers were being questioned by investigators with the Utah County District Attorney’s Office and that it was too early to fully know what led to the deadly shooting.
Gephardt Daily is following the story and will provide an update as more information is made available.