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Police: Officers shoot, kill knife-wielding man in Orem

By Ashley Imlay, KSL | Updated - Oct 12th, 2018 @ 6:12pm | Posted - Oct 12th, 2018 @ 3:44pm

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OREM — Officers shot and killed a knife-wielding man after responding to an Orem home Friday afternoon, police reported.

Shortly before 3 p.m., two officers were called to a "family problem" involving a man and woman at 81 N. Paradise Drive, Orem Police Lt. Craig Martinez said. While the officers were inside the home, the man came at them "armed with a knife," Martinez said.

An officer tried to use a Taser to subdue him but it didn't work, according to the lieutenant. Both officers then fired "several shots," striking the man, Martinez said.

The officers began performing CPR on him until paramedics arrived to take him to a hospital, where he died, Martinez said.

The man's name was not immediately released.

During the incident, one of the officers suffered a cut on the hand, but he was "not sure how he got that cut," Martinez said.

The two officers on Friday were being interviewed by the Utah County Attorney's Office. Both were wearing body cameras at the time, Martinez said.

He said police Friday had few details about the incident that police initially responded to. He said the department would not release additional information on Friday, including details about the man and woman's relationship.

The Orem Police Department will do its own investigation into the incident parallel to an investigation by the Utah County Attorney's Office, Martinez said.

Police were expected to remain in the area of the home into the evening.

The incident was the second fatal officer-involved shooting in northern Utah in two days. On Thursday, West Jordan police responded to a domestic incident where a man was allegedly holding a knife and refused to put it down, according to police.

Officers then tried to use a Taser to subdue the man, but it was ineffective. An officer then fatally shot the man, police said.


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