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Orem officers on paid leave following officer-involved shooting

By Genelle Pugmire - | Nov 30, 2021

Isaac Hale, Daily Herald file photo

File photo of an Orem Police Department vehicle.

More than one Orem police officer is on administrative leave with pay as an investigation continues into an officer-involved shooting Sunday night.

At about 10:45 p.m., Orem officers were dispatched to a home near 1100 S. 50 East. The caller reported a domestic violence situation believed to be between a male, 41, and his father, 68.

The caller reported that the 41-year-old had attacked the other man with a knife and fled the scene, according to police reports.

Officers and paramedics were on the scene to give medical attention to the older man, who reportedly had been cut on his neck. He was later transported to a local hospital where he was treated and later released. Police also started a search for the 41-year-old, who allegedly fled on foot.

Officers from other agencies responded to help secure the scene and to help in the search. The younger man was located close to the original incident scene, according to Lt. Nick Thomas, Orem PD spokesman.

Officers attempted to take the man into custody but, according to Thomas, he was noncompliant. The suspect allegedly charged the officers with weapons in both hands and shots were fired by at least one of the officers.

The man was immediately given medical attention but ultimately succumbed to his injuries at the scene, according to Thomas.

The names of the alleged victim and the deceased have not yet been released.

According to Thomas, the Utah County Officer Involved Critical Incident Team is handling all aspects of the investigation, including the original domestic incident as well as the officer-involved shooting incident. Officers were wearing body cameras, which have been turned over for the investigation.

It is not known at this time what caused the initial altercation, according to Thomas. More information will be forthcoming as it is released from the investigating team, he said.

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