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Police Shooting Under Investigation

Police Shooting Under Investigation



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Alex Cabrero reporting"This was a very unusual incident, as far as our police officers go."

An investigation is underway after a school police officer shoots a man who was trying to run away.

Now, the Salt Lake County district attorneys office is involved.

They're hoping to find out if a shooting by a Granite School District police officer was justified.

It could be a few weeks before we learn the outcome of this investigation.

The shooting happened this past Wednesday in Salt Lake City., outside Granite's boundaries. Now it's up to the police department and the DA's office to find out if proper procedures were followed.

The Granite School district in Salt Lake City has something most schools don't. It's own police department.

Randy Riplinger/Granite School District: "We have a very diverse area, and there is a need for police protection in our schools and among our students and staff at times."

Sounds good... but what if a staff member lives outside the school districts boundaries... and calls for help?

Randy Riplinger/Granite School District: "On occasion, the bad guys don't pay attention to our district boundaries, and so they do get involved in investigations that go outside our boundaries."

It sure went outside the boundaries this past Wednesday.

Granite officers were chasing suspected robbers from a staff members South Jordan home.

After a high speed chase, the suspects crashed in Salt Lake City.

Two of them were caught. The third suspect was shot by a Granite officer, thinking his life was in danger.

Jerry Campbell/Salt Lake County DA: "Every officer involved shooting, we get involved in that respect."

Jerry Campbell works with the Salt Lake County District Attorney's office.

Investigating a police-involved shooting isn't new to him.

Jerry Campbell/Salt Lake County DA: "We look at the officers actions to see whether or not they are justified."

But what's different in this case, is it involves a school district police officer... out of his jurisdiction.

Part of the investigation will be if proper procedures were followed in notifying Salt Lake City police of the chase.

Randy Riplinger/Granite School District: "This was a very unusual incident, as far as our police officers go."

The name of the Granite police officer has not been released.

We are told, though, he is on paid administrative leave until the shooting investigation is complete.

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