Details on the officer involved shooting in Emery CountyAt about 5:15 pm on Saturday, December 21st, 2019, Emery County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received information on a possible DUI driver. When the vehicle pulled over, a male driver exited the vehicle and pointed a handgun in the direction of the Emery County Deputy. The male driver got back into the vehicle and the Deputy initiated a pursuit as additional units were responding to assist. A UHP Trooper was able to successfully deploy spikes on the vehicle being pursued. A short time later, the male driver stopped and pursuing officers stopped behind the suspect vehicle. The male exited his vehicle and pointed the firearm in the officer’s direction. An Emery County Deputy and UHP Trooper involved in the pursuit fired their duty weapons, striking the male. Officers and EMS personnel attempted lifesaving measures, but the male was pronounced dead a short time later. Officer Involved Critical Incident (OICI) protocol has been activated and Carbon County Sheriff’s Office is assuming the lead investigative role, with assistance from the State Bureau of Investigation. Supplemental information will be released from the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office as additional details are clarified.
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