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Police shoot, kill man who fired at them at Viewmont High School; classes delayed 2 hours

Felicia Martinez, KSL TV

Police shoot, kill man who fired at them at Viewmont High School; classes delayed 2 hours

By Katie Workman and Jacob Klopfenstein, | Updated - Sep. 16, 2020 at 9:53 a.m. | Posted - Sep. 16, 2020 at 6:30 a.m.

BOUNTIFUL — Police shot and killed a man after he fired a shotgun at officers at Viewmont High School late Tuesday night, authorities say.

Bountiful police received a call about 10:27 p.m. Tuesday reporting a man armed with a gun and bow and arrow at Viewmont High, Bountiful Police Lt. Dave Edwards said.

After police arrived, the man immediately picked up a shotgun, Edwards said. Officers attempted to de-escalate the situation and pleaded with the man to drop the gun, but he responded by asking officers to shoot him, according to a news release from the Bountiful Police Department.

The man then raised the gun toward officers and fired a shot, Edwards added. Officers then fired back, shooting the man.

The man was treated immediately by officers on scene and then by medical personnel, but he did not recover from his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Edwards said he did not know how many shots were fired in the altercation, but said no officers were injured. Multiple officers were on scene and the Davis County Protocol Team is investigating, he added.

The man's identity has not been released; he has been described only as a 27-year old white male from Bountiful with no known affiliation with Viewmont High. The reason why the man was on the premises is unknown.

Edwards initially said the call came in to police reporting that the man was armed with a rifle, but later said police saw him with a shotgun at the scene.

Davis County School District confirmed early Wednesday that Viewmont High will have a two-hour delay to its start time, as the school remains a crime scene. School buses will also run with a two-hour delay.

Officials with Bountiful police said three officers have been placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting and that the altercation was their first-ever police shooting. The Davis County Critical Incident Protocol Team is investigating the shooting and further details weren't available.

Police body cameras captured the incident, and the footage has been provided to investigators, the news release said.

This is a developing news story and will be updated as new details become available.

Contributing: Felicia Martinez, KSL TV

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