Salt Lake City officers shoot man after Mental Health Awareness Team requests police assistance

Police did not provide further details about what led to the shooting.

(Kolbie Peterson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Investigators discuss a Salt Lake City police shooting that occurred at approximately 900 East and 1700 South on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

Two Salt Lake City police officers shot and injured a man Tuesday at Sugar House after a Mobile Crisis Outreach Team called in police for assistance, a police spokesperson said. premises.

The shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. near 900 East and 1700 South, after police said the Mobile Crisis Awareness Team with the Huntsman Mental Health Institute was already in the area and called police from Salt Lake City for reinforcements, the police spokesman said.

Mobile crisis outreach teams provide support to people experiencing a mental health crisis, police said. As of Tuesday afternoon, it was unclear why the outreach team was initially in the area, or why they had requested police assistance.

(Kolbie Peterson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Detective Michelle Peterson provides an update to the media on a shooting that occurred in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

After police arrived in the area, two officers fired on the man, the spokesperson said. Police did not say where exactly the shooting occurred, whether the man was armed and, if so, whether he returned fire to officers. No officers were injured in the shooting.

It is also unclear whether the man shot dead by police was linked to why the Mobile Crisis Awareness Team was initially deployed to the area. Police did not provide further information or share more details about what led to the shooting.

After the shooting, responders along with Salt Lake City Fire Department personnel provided first aid to the man before he was taken to a local hospital. The police said he suffered serious injuries. He was not identified Tuesday afternoon.

The two Salt Lake City officers who opened fire have been placed on administrative leave as per standard procedure, the police spokesperson said.

According to the Huntsman Mental Health Institute, when a call comes in to the Utah crisis line, which could result in the deployment of a mobile outreach team, “thorough” risk assessments are conducted over the phone to determine s ‘It would be safe for a team to respond, Rachel Lucynski, director of community crisis services at the institute, said.

“It’s an outlier when law enforcement support and backup is called for, but it happens…” Lucynski said. “Generally, our [mobile crisis outreach team] staff will call law enforcement for on-site backup or assistance if a risk assessment determines that there may be a potential threat to the safety of our staff.

Lucynski did not provide further details on the nature of the call on Tuesday which then resulted in a police shootout.

It was the 16th police shooting in Utah so far this year, according to a database maintained by the Salt Lake Tribune.

(Kolbie Peterson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Police vehicles surround the scene of a shooting at approximately 900 East and 1700 South on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

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