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Duchesne deputy shoots, injures man who allegedly pulled knife on officer

A Duchesne County Sheriff's deputy shot and injured a man who allegedly threatened the deputy with a knife on Monday, the sheriff's office said in a press release issued days later.

A Duchesne County Sheriff's deputy shot and injured a man who allegedly threatened the deputy with a knife on Monday, the sheriff's office said in a press release issued days later. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)


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DUCHESNE — A Duchesne County Sheriff's deputy shot and injured a man who allegedly threatened the deputy with a knife on Monday, the sheriff's office said in a press release issued days later.

According to the release, the shooting occurred on Monday at 9:17 p.m. after a deputy tried to make contact with a man who was riding on a bike on a dark street during a snowstorm. Sheriff's officials said the man threatened the deputy with a large knife and then ran.

The deputy chased the man — who was identified by the sheriff's office as Lee Richens — through the town of Myton, which is southwest of Roosevelt, until Richens entered a wooded area and allegedly advanced with the knife toward the deputy, the release says.

The deputy then shot Richens, who was taken to the Utah Valley Hospital for surgery and is now stable. During the confrontation, the deputy fired two rounds, according to the sheriff's office.

The Utah State Bureau of Investigations is looking into the shooting and the Duchesne Sheriff's Office hasn't released any further information.

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Bridger Beal-Cvetko covers Utah politics, Salt Lake County communities and breaking news for KSL.com. He is a graduate of Utah Valley University.

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