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Off-duty West Valley officer justified in shootout with teens, D.A. says

Off-duty West Valley officer justified in shootout with teens, D.A. says

(Steve Breinholt, KSL TV)

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WEST VALLEY CITY — An off-duty West Valley police officer involved in a shootout with two juveniles was justified in using deadly force, the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

Officer Aaron Weeks lives at the Village at Rivers Edge apartment complex, 1250 W. 3301 South, and also works part-time providing security for the complex, according to the final officer-involved shooting report from the district attorney.

On Nov. 7, Weeks received a call about a possible transient. Weeks took his gun, handcuffs and police radio to investigate but was not in uniform. While looking around, two teenage boys walked by.

"Shortly thereafter, the two juveniles turned around and one said, 'Hey!' Officer Weeks turned around and saw the two juveniles running or jogging toward him," the report states. "When the two juveniles were within a few feet, officer Weeks saw that one juvenile ... pointed a handgun at officer Weeks" and told him, "Gimme what you got."

Weeks said he saw the boy's finger move "from the slide toward the trigger" prompting him to draw his own weapon, according to the report.

Both sides exchanged gunfire. Weeks was shot in the foot. The two boys ran off after being shot and were driven to a local hospital by a friend. Hospital staff notified Unified police who sent officers to arrest the boys. A 17-year-old boy suffered a single gunshot wound while a 15-year-old was shot twice, according to police.

Both boys were eventually released from the hospital and booked into juvenile detention.

According to the district attorney's report, both were charged in 3rd District Juvenile Court. The status of their cases was unknown on Wednesday due to juvenile court records being protected.

It was not immediately known whether prosecutors were attempting to have the teens certified to face charges in district court.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021 after many years of reporting for the Deseret News


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