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Wanted man injured during officer-involved shooting

By Pat Reavy | Posted - Jul 10th, 2014 @ 8:46pm

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WEST JORDAN — A West Jordan police officer shot a man early Thursday, leaving the man hospitalized in serious condition.

Just after 12:30 a.m., a patrol officer near 7037 S. Plaza Center Drive "came upon a circumstance," said West Jordan Police Sgt. Dan Roberts without going into further detail.

The officer came across two men in the area. "The officer recognized one of them as a wanted person who had active warrants for his arrest and had made threats toward police," Roberts said.

The man with the warrants ran off and the officer followed.

"Shots were fired and the suspect was injured. Weapons were found during the subsequent investigation," Roberts said, but he did not release details about the types of weapons found, the number of shots fired or whether the suspect fired any shots.

Timothy James Peterson, 31, was taken to a local hospital to be treated but is expected to survive, Roberts said. The officer, whose name was not released, was not injured. The officer was placed on standard paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office.

Peterson was arrested in February for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct, according to court records. A warrant was issued for his arrest Tuesday for failing to show up to a mandatory court hearing in that case. He was also charged with DUI and misdemeanor drug possession in January. A warrant for missing a court hearing in that case was also issued Tuesday.

In 2006, Peterson was found guilty in a domestic violence related incident and took a plea in abeyance, according to Utah state court records. His wife filed for divorce in 2013. In October, Peterson took a plea in abeyance, pleading guilty to violating a protective order. His wife filed for another protective order in January and another in February, according to court records.

in 2003, Peterson was charged with six other defendants with three counts of theft and one count of burglary, all first-degree felonies. The case was eventually dismissed.


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