Officer-involved shooting in West Valley City sends suspect to hospital

Officer-involved shooting in West Valley City sends suspect, Ricardo Lopez, to hospital. (Photo: Salt Lake County Jail)

UPDATE: (Sunday, July 15, 1:30 p.m.) -- A man with an 'extensive criminal history' was shot by police Sunday morning following a standoff in West Valley City.

At 6:10 a.m., a WVC Police officer witnessed a driver nearly roll his SUV.

The officer attempted to pull over the vehicle, but the SUV turned around and drove directly towards the officer’s vehicle clipping the rear of the police car.

The officer continued to pursue the suspect who jumped out of his vehicle and ran inside a house.

Occupants of the home came out, identified the suspect as a family member, and told police that he was making threats against police and himself and was armed with a knife.

Police surrounded the house and SWAT was called to assist. At 10:00 a.m., pepper spray was released in the house.

The suspect then exited the home armed with a knife and attempted to engage the SWAT team.

Officers attempted to use a taser, which had no effect, before an officer fired his weapon hitting the subject in the torso.

The suspect, who has been identified as Ricardo Jose Lopez, was transported to hospital, but has been released and is being booked into jail.

Police say that Lopez has an “extensive criminal history” that includes another officer-involved shooting where the suspect pointed a gun at police officers in March of 2016.

The Unified Police Department is conducting the investigation into today’s shooting.

KUTV's coverage of the 2016 incident can be read here:

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(KUTV) -- West Valley City Police are on the scene of an officer involved shooting in West Valley City.

The shooting took place in the area of 1745 W. 3500 South.

The circumstances that led to the shooting have not been released.

The condition of the suspect is also unknown.

KUTV has a crew on its way to the scene and will update this story as information is made available.


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