Police identify suspected carjacker killed by bystander

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 4, 2015 at 6:51 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police say a man shot by a bystander while attempting a carjacking outside an Orem grocery store had prior convictions for robbery and assault and was being sought by police.

Police said 26-year-old Taulagi Matafeo of Springville was shot in the chest Saturday after he lunged for a gun pointed by a 31-year-old Orem man who intervened in the carjacking.

Orem police Lt. Craig Martinez said officers and prosecutors are still investigating but do not expect charges to be filed against the shooter because he was acting in self-defense. Police do not plan to release the man's name.

Police released a statement from Matafeo's family that said they're sorry he had caused pain and that he was not perfect and needed help.

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