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SANDY — A Sandy police sergeant who was shot while serving a search warrant at an apartment complex is at home recovering.
On Sept. 8, just before 5 a.m., members of the Sandy Police Department's SWAT team were serving a drug-related search warrant at a unit at the Arcadia Apartments, 222 W. Harrison Street (8990 South).
Officers were met with gunfire as they entered the residence.
"Almost immediately, Sandy SWAT Officers began taking gunfire. At least two SWAT officers were in the doorway and in the line of fire when shots were fired at them," according to a police booking affidavit.
SWAT officers returned fire. One officer was shot and rushed to a local hospital for surgery.
Sandy police did not release the officer's name, pending a review of the officer-involved critical incident by the Salt Lake County District's Attorney's Office. But according to a GoFundMe campaign* set up by a fellow officer, the officer shot was Sandy Police Sgt. Greg Moffitt.
"As you can imagine, this event has been traumatic for those involved, particularly Greg's family," according to the fundraising page started to help pay for costs related to recovery, such as therapy.
Moffit is a former president of the Sandy Fraternal Order of Police.
The alleged gunman, Sean DeJesus Darragh, 51, also underwent surgery. He remained in the hospital with officers standing outside his door 24/7, according to Sandy Police Sgt. Clay Swenson.
Wednesday, he was released from the hospital and was immediately transported to the Salt Lake County Jail where he was booked for investigation of two counts of aggravated assault targeting law enforcement, two counts of theft of a gun, two counts of possession of a weapon by a restricted person, and drug possession with intent to distribute.
After the shooting, officers returned to the apartment with another search warrant.
"Upon service of the search warrant, two handguns belonging to Sean were located in close proximity to where Sean was located. According to individuals interviewed in relation to this case, Sean almost always carries two handguns on his person at all times," the affidavit states.
Both guns were determined to be stolen, according to the affidavit. Meth and paraphernalia used for selling drugs was also seized, the affidavit states.
The officer-involved shooting is being investigated by a team that consists of police from several outside agencies. Their investigation will be turned over to the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office, which will decide whether the officer was legally justified in using deadly force.
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