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Grantsville officer kills man who charged at officer with knife, police say

Police officers direct traffic away from a shooting incident on state Route 112 between Grantsville and Tooele on Wednesday.

Police officers direct traffic away from a shooting incident on state Route 112 between Grantsville and Tooele on Wednesday. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)


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SALT LAKE CITY — A Grantsville police officer killed a man who authorities say charged at officers with a knife on Wednesday evening.

About 6:10 p.m. Wednesday, Grantsville police officers identified a man who was a suspect in an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force case, according to a Facebook post from the Grantsville City Police Department.

Police attempted a traffic stop on state Route 112 and the man stopped after a brief pursuit. After he stopped, he charged at officers with a knife, according to police.

"An officer fired a weapon and struck the suspect," the Facebook post said.

Officers and medical personnel attempted to save the man, but he died at the scene, police said. The man was not identified.

The Tooele County Attorney's Office, Utah Highway Patrol and the Utah State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the incident.

No further details about the situation were available Wednesday. UHP officials are expected to provide more information on Thursday morning.

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