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West Valley police shoot, critically injure burglary suspect

(Sean Moody, KSL TV)



WEST VALLEY CITY — A suspected burglar was shot by West Valley police early Monday.

The 25-year-old man was taken to a local hospital in critical condition where he underwent surgery, according to West Valley police.

The incident began about 1:30 a.m. when emergency dispatchers received multiple calls of a man using a metal object to break windows and try to enter homes in the area of 3850 South and 4800 West, according to police. Investigators believe the man broke the windows of at least two houses but did not enter them, said West Valley police spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku. Several vehicles parked on the street were also damaged.

When officers arrived in the area, they spotted a man holding a crowbar and some type of altercation ensued that resulted in one officer unsuccessfully deploying a Taser before the man was shot by a second officer, according to police. Additional details about what prompted the shooting were not released Monday.

The officer who fired his gun was placed on standard paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting, which was being conducted by Unified police.

Contributing: Sean Moody, KSL TV; Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com; Pat Reavy, KSL.com

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