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Day after fatal shooting, police still have few answers

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Day after fatal shooting, police still have few answers

By Pat Reavy | Posted - Aug. 27, 2015 at 5:14 p.m.


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WEST JORDAN — The investigation into a fatal officer-involved shooting in West Jordan continued Thursday with police releasing few new details.

Kyle Lambrose, 27, was shot and killed by a West Jordan police officer after Lambrose allegedly pointed a gun in the direction of the officer and the three young children he was protecting.

"Mr. Lambrose raises a gun at the officer and the officer shoots Mr. Lambrose," said West Jordan Police Sgt. Dan Roberts.

Details such as how many shots the officer fired were not released Thursday. Roberts said Lambrose fired at least once, but investigators were unsure Thursday where that shot ended up. No one else was injured.


Mr. Lambrose raises a gun at the officer and the officer shoots Mr. Lambrose.

–Sgt. Dan Roberts, West Jordan Police Department


The dramatic showdown happened Wednesday afternoon at the Lambrose home, on the 9400 S. block of Allen Hollow Road.

Lambrose's wife called 911 about 2:30 p.m. stating that she feared her husband was suicidal, that he had a gun and that her three children, a 7-year-old girl and boys, ages 4 and 3, were home.

"She was afraid he would harm the children as well," Roberts said.

The wife was not at home at the time, but Roberts did not know Thursday why she was out of the house. He also did not release information about why the woman believed her children were in danger, whether Lambrose had been exhibiting suicidal behavior prior to Wednesday or whether the wife had received a text or had a phone conversation with her husband prior to calling 911.

The wife reached her house before police officers arrived. When the officers arrived a short time after the wife, they found the house locked up and Lambrose not allowing anyone to leave, Robert said.

After about 45 minutes of attempting to negotiate, officers could see the children through a window in a second floor room over the garage. The children appeared to be trying to get out, Roberts said.

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Officers got a ladder and one officer climbed onto the garage roof to help the children through the window. But before one could get out the window, the officer heard Lambrose walking down the hallway. The officer climbed into the room and stood between the children and their father, Roberts said.

All three children and the wife were in the room when the shooting happened, he said. It was not immediately known Thursday how close the officer and Lambrose were when shots were exchanged.

West Valley police are investigating the shooting. The West Jordan Police Department has not equipped all of its officers yet with body cameras. The officer involved in Wednesday's shooting did not own a body camera.

Roberts said his department had never been called to that residence before, but he noted it was part of a new housing development and likely less than a year old.

Court records show Lambrose had a home address listed in Taylorsville a year ago.

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