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Officer's gun goes off during scuffle with trespasser

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SALT LAKE CITY — Police are investigating an incident involving an off-duty Unified police officer who discharged his weapon while acting as a security officer.

The officer was off-duty and working security at a Deseret Industries at 131 E. 700 South around 4 a.m. Thursday, Salt Lake City police detective Carlie Wiechman said. A man entered the property and was confronted by the officer, leading to a physical altercation.

At one point, the officer's weapon fired. Wiechman said she could not elaborate as to whether the weapon went off intentionally or accidentally, citing the ongoing investigation.

No one was injured in the incident. The suspect was arrested soon after he attempted to flee.

Robert Young, 31, was arrested for investigation of a number of charges, including trespassing, theft, resisting an officer and fleeing. According to a jail booking statement, Young told police he had entered the Deseret Industries property "to look for a radio to steal."

Contributing: Shara Park

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