Stolen car chase leads to officer-involved shooting in Kearns

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KEARNS -- A short chase led to an officer-involved shooting in Kearns Sunday night.

Around 10 p.m., West Valley City police officers conducting a surveillance operation tried to pull over the driver of a stolen car in the area of 5000 South and 4000 West. After a short chase, police say the suspect jumped out of the moving car and took off on foot.

The car then crashed into a parked car.

Police say the suspect ran through several yards and ended up two streets over in the driveway of a house near 5050 South and 4070 West. It was there that the shooting occurred.

"At that point there was some kind of confrontation between at least two officers and the suspect and the decision to use deadly force was made," said Lt. Don Hutson with Unified Police Department. "So there was at least one shot fired toward the suspect. He was struck by at least one bullet."

Hutson says the suspect, identified as 42-year-old Travis Martin, was conscious and talking at the scene before he was taken by ambulance to Intermountain Medical Center. He is expected to be OK.

Police haven't said whether Martin was armed at the time of the shooting.

The Unified Police Department is handling the investigation. Hutson says they haven't determined exactly what level of threat was involved that provoked the shots to be fired.


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