A man died following an altercation with police on Saturday evening in Emery County.
According to the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP), the Emery County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received information on a possible DUI driver around 5:15 p.m. on Saturday.
“When the vehicle pulled over, a male driver exited the vehicle and pointed a handgun in the direction of the Emery County deputy,” UHP shared. “The male driver got back into the vehicle and the deputy initiated a pursuit as additional units were responding to assist.”
A trooper with the UHP was then able to deploy spikes on the vehicle being pursued. The male driver stopped a short time later while pursuing officers stopped behind the suspect vehicle.
“The male exited his vehicle and pointed the firearm in the officer’s direction,” shared UHP. “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.”
The name of the deceased male has not been released.
Following the activation of the Officer Involved Critical Incident (OICI) protocol, the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office has assumed the lead investigative role with assistance from the State Bureau of Investigation.
The investigation is still underway and further information will be released by the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office. Check back to ETV News for additional information as it is made available.