Teen shot, wounded by Cottonwood Heights police after I-15 chase

Police investigators on the the scene of an officer-involved shooting by Cottonwood Heights police after an early morning chase on I-15 near 1300 South, Sunday, September 3, 2017. A male teen was wounded in the shooting. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Sept. 3, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A male teenager has been hospitalized after being shot by police following an early Sunday morning chase on I-15.

Salt Lake City Police Sgt. Brandon Shearer told Gephardt Daily the juvenile was being pursued by Cottonwood Heights officers around 3:10 a.m. when he lost control of the Ford Mustang he was driving and crashed near the 1300 South on-ramp.

The teen jumped from the car and led police on a foot chase, running down the side of the highway to the surface street below.

Sgt. Shearer said it was during the foot pursuit that at least one Cottonwood Heights officer opened fire on the juvenile.

The teen was rushed by ambulance to a nearby hospital in “stable” condition. The extent of his wounds was unknown.

The on and off ramps for 1300 South to and from I-15 were closed, along with 1300 South. All lanes were expected to be reopened by mid-morning.

Police investigators mark the scene of an officer-involved shooting by Cottonwood Heights police in the aftermath of an early morning chase on I-15 near 1300 South, Sunday, September 3, 2017. A teenage male was wounded in the shooting. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

It had yet to be determined why the teen was being chased by Cottonwood Heights police or what prompted the shooting.

The Salt Lake City Police Department is now spearheading the investigation.

Gephardt Daily will update the story as more information becomes available.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I hope there’s more to this story! Unless there juvenile had a weapon and was threatening police or had committed a violent crime, there is no reason to shoot a fleeing suspect, especially a juvenile…

  2. Why where these disgusting pigs shooting at the kid? Should we now shoot and kill a pig on site, before they act up and whip out their guns. I think that sounds fair.

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