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Officers exchange gunshots with burglary suspect

Posted - Jan. 1, 2010 at 10:40 p.m.



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MIDVALE -- Police officers who responded to reports of a home burglary in Midvale exchanged gunshots with a suspect Friday night. The suspect fatally shot a police dog and officers shot the suspect.

Midvale police say three people were trying to burglarize a home in the area of 6700 South and 600 East. Police officers and a K-9 unit arrived around 9 p.m. and searched the area.

As two officers and the K-9 approached one suspect, the suspect fired at the officers. The officers were not hit, but the police dog was fatally shot.

Officers fired at the suspect and hit him. He was taken to the hospital. No immediate word on his condition.

Two other suspects were arrested. Their names have not been released.

A neighbor, Colton Bain, said he was watching a movie, heard what he thought were fireworks and went out to his balcony.

"There could have been 10, 15 cops. They were just pointing their flashlights down in the same area. More and more cop cars came, ambulances and fire trucks. They kept coming," he said.

He said he heard six or eight shots. "It sounded like back and forth. You heard a few, three or four of them, and two seconds later you heard -- it sounded like return fire," he explained.

Police expected to release more details on Saturday. Check KSL.com for an update then.

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