Orem Police Officer Wounded; Suspect Killed

Orem Police Officer Wounded; Suspect Killed


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Sam Penrod reportingA man is dead after he was shot and killed by Orem police officers this morning.

The man was shot after he first opened fire, grazing an officer, prompting four other officers to shoot the man.

Orem Police Officer Wounded; Suspect Killed

It was in a usually quiet neighborhood that the suspect was shot and killed by police, after a standoff that lasted about ten minutes.

Police were called to the area with the report of a suspicious man.

An officer found the man and discovered he was armed with a handgun. Other officers arrived for backup and began negotiating with the gunman. The man put his gun down on the hood of a car, in exchange for a cell phone, because the suspect told officers he wanted to call his mother and parole officer in California.

When an officer tried to toss the suspect a phone, the man picked up his gun and fired at the officer.

Ken Lusk, Witness: "ALMOST IMMEDIATELY I HEARD THAT SHOT AND POLICE STARTED FIRING, I WAS WATCHING OUT THE WINDOW AND I COULD TELL IT WAS THE POLICE AND THEIR GUNS FIRING."

The suspect was pronounced dead at the hospital and is believed to have been involved with a chase earlier in the morning with police.

Orem Police Officer Wounded; Suspect Killed

A home was hit by a car and according to officers the gunman admitted he had been in the chase.

The officers involved are on administrative leave, a special investigative team is investigating what happened to see if officers were justified in shooting.

The suspect has not yet been identified.

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