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Police still quiet on officer-involved shooting at SLC McDonalds

By John Daley | Posted - Oct. 31, 2011 at 4:34 p.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY - SLCPD and the District Attorney's office have opened up a joint investigation into a shooting on Friday that involved a police officer. But three days after the undercover officer shot a man outside a downtown fast-food restaurant, neither agency is saying much.

It is normal procedure for police and the DA's office to conduct an investigation into shootings involving officers and police say to maintain the integrity of the investigation.

The shooting occurred Friday evening at the McDonald's at 500 South and 200 West That night, police released few details, only saying a plain-clothes police officer fired multiple shots at a man who had been the focus of an ongoing investigation, striking him once in the stomach.

"I saw the black Chevy back up really fast and I heard the undercover officer say 'Stop or I'll shoot.' And the guy didn't stop so he shot," said eyewitness Lauren Brower.

New information was limited on Monday. Police say they can't release the names of the officer or the "subject" - the man shot.

"The subject is expected to survive his injuries," said Det. Mike Hamideh of the SLCPD.

Police say a joint investigation is underway between Salt Lake PD and the County D.A.'s office.

"Like any officer involved critical incident, it's something that until the investigation is complete we can't discuss the details of it because it's still a pending investigation," said Sim Gill, Salt Lake County District Attorney.

Gill says since coming into office in January, his office has investigated 13 shootings involving officers, two in which the shooting was determined to be unjustified.

Now, he says, to handle these kinds of cases, he's looking at creating a county-wide task force "that is open, transparent, objective - that can stand on its own two feet."

The D.A.'s office will be holding a training conference on the handling of cases involving shootings by officers later this month. In the meantime, police say details regarding this case likely won't be released until the investigation is over.

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