Domestic Abuse Call Leads to Fatal Shooting

Domestic Abuse Call Leads to Fatal Shooting

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Taylorsville man was shot to death by sheriff's deputies during a domestic abuse call early Sunday, said Salt Lake County sheriff's spokeswoman Peggy Faulkner.

Faulkner's written statement says dispatchers received a 911 call at 2:30 a.m. reporting a domestic disturbance. When deputies arrived, they found a man armed with a knife who didn't obey orders to put it down.

The man "continued to escalate the situation" until one of the responding deputies "was forced to deploy lethal force, numerous times, which did not stop his advance," she said.

Other deputies on the scene who feared for their lives "were forced to shoot the suspect," Faulkner said.

Four Salt Lake County sheriff's deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave while prosecutors from the district attorney's office and sheriff's homicide detectives investigate the lethal shooting, Faulkner said.

The deputies' names were not released. The dead man was identified in the statement only as "Mr. Williams". A call to Faulkner for clarification was not immediately returned.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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