Officer on Leave Following Fatal Shooting

Officer on Leave Following Fatal Shooting

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(KSL News) A police officer in Moab is on administrative leave today after he shot and killed a man.

The shooting happened last night at the Grand Oasis Trailer Park in West Moab.

Police went to the trailer home after receiving a call about a domestic problem.

When they arrived, 29-year-old James Lewis Gaylord was inside the home. Police say that's when he began threatening the officers.

Officer on Leave Following Fatal Shooting

Authorities surrounded the home and started negotiating with him until he fired a shot and walked out of the house with a rifle and a handgun.

The officer yelled at Gaylord to drop the guns, but he continued walking quickly toward the officer. When Gaylord raised the rifle, an officer fired twice, killing him.

Authorities don't know why Gaylord threatened authorities. The Weber County Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation.

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