Officer cleared in fatal shooting

Officer cleared in fatal shooting

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office says a police officer acted lawfully when he shot and killed a man Aug. 6.

Police say the officer spotted a truck wanted in connection with a possible suicide attempt and two hit-and-run incidents.

They say the driver, 30-year-old Christopher Joseph Tucker of Sandy, was driving erratically and appeared to repeatedly reach for something inside the truck.

Christopher Tucker
Christopher Tucker

The officer and a UHP trooper tried to pull over the truck, but Tucker wouldn't stop. They pursued him until the truck hit a cement barrier near Interstate 80 at 11800 West.

Police say Tucker rammed a UHP cruiser, then turned the wheels to drive forward toward officers who were on foot.

A Salt Lake City police officer opened fire, shooting three times into the truck. Tucker was hit in the neck and torso and died at the scene.

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