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Family Claims Man Shot by Police Wasn't Armed

Family Claims Man Shot by Police Wasn't Armed

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(KSL News) The family of a man shot and killed by police tells Eyewitness News the man was never armed like police said.

The suspect's family called us early this morning, saying the man hid in a closet at his home in Centerville when police showed up to talk to him about an alleged assault. They say the man was wanted on a warrant for a missed court appearance and didn't want to spend Father's Day in jail.

They claim an officer shot him as he gave himself up.

Police say he was armed and non-compliant.

Yesterday Chief Neal Worsley of the Centerville Police Department said, "He came out of a closet with a rifle. The officers made several attempts to get him to drop the rifle, and he turned and made a movement toward them, and shots were fired."

The officer fired two shots and killed the man. The officer is on leave this morning. Independent officers will determine if he acted appropriately.

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