West Jordan Police Department ID man shot dead by officers in condominium

West Jordan Police have identified a man whom officers shot dead on Saturday after a caller reported he was breaking into cars at an apartment complex.

When officers responded to the 1 a.m. call at the complex near 8600 South and Bangerter Highway, they found 30-year-old Michael Kenneth Lee, Deputy Police Chief Richard Bell of the West Jordan Police Department said.

During their interaction, “Lee produced a firearm and gunfire was exchanged” between Lee and the two responding officers, Bell said.

Lee shot one of the officers in the leg, Bell said. Lee was also hit by police gunfire.

Although the two officers provided assistance, which was continued by medical personnel upon their arrival, Lee died at the scene, Bell said.

According to a press release, the officer who was shot is said to be “fully recovering”.

“This was a tragic incident and we regret any loss of life. The West Jordan Police Department extends our condolences to Mr. Lee’s family,” Bell said in a statement.

In the press release, police said Lee had a criminal history, noting that he had been arrested and taken to jail less than a week before the shooting. Bell added Tuesday that Lee had been arrested on drug charges.

A “Critical Incidents Involving Officers” team led by the West Valley Police Department continues to investigate the West Jordan police shooting. Their findings will be submitted to the Salt Lake County Attorney’s Office for review.

The two officers involved in the shooting are on furlough in accordance with department guidelines, police said.

This was the ninth police shooting in Utah this year, according to a database maintained by The Salt Lake Tribune.

Justin Scaccy

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