Orem police shoot dead a man who allegedly threatened to kill a family member during a mental health episode

An officer shot the man to prevent him from killing the family member, officials said in a press release.

(Orem Police Department) An Orem Police vehicle seen in an undated police department photo.

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A police officer from Orem fatally shot a man early Saturday after the man allegedly threatened to kill a family member.

Officers were dispatched to an apartment building near 400 East Heather Road when a man was having a mental attack around 12:05 am Saturday. In a press release, officials said the man may be armed and allegedly threatened suicide.

After officers tried to contact the man at the residence, the man called dispatchers and told them he was armed with a gun and “made other threatening comments,” officials said. He also reported having explosives in the apartment.

Police entered the apartment as the man tried to break into a bathroom where a family member was hiding. The man allegedly continued to threaten to kill the family member when police caught up with him in the bathroom and an officer shot the man to stop him from killing the family member.

Despite life-saving efforts, the man died at the scene. The man’s family member was unharmed and was escorted safely from the home, officials said.

No further details about the shooting or the man’s identity were released Saturday morning.

The shooting was the 22nd police shooting in Utah that year, according to a database maintained by The Salt Lake Tribune. Officials are investigating the shooting under Officer-Involved Critical Incident Protocol.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2022/12/17/orem-police-fatally-shoot-man/ Orem police shoot dead a man who allegedly threatened to kill a family member during a mental health episode

Justin Scacco

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