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Millcreek man killed in police shooting

By Michael McFall

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Jul 25 2014 10:20PM
Updated Jul 26, 2014 09:46PM

Unified police shot and killed a Millcreek man Friday after he fired a round at officers, investigators say.

Officers were called out at 8:40 p.m. to a "domestic situation" at an apartment near 300 E. 4055 South, said Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder. When the officers arrived, the 31-year-old man, identified as Nicholas Lister, went inside the apartment, while his wife stayed with police, Winder said.

The police spoke with Lister on the phone, but Lister was threatening and hostile, Winder said.

After about an hour, officers felt they had diffused the situation and were preparing to leave with Lister’s wife, to "let him de-escalate," Winder said. But when the police informed Lister that they were leaving, he threatened to come out with a firearm — which officers repeatedly advised him not to do, Winder added.

Lister came out with a firearm, leveled it at police and fired one round, Winder said. Officers exchanged fire and struck Lister, who died despite officers calling for medical help from fire personnel, the sheriff said.

Two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, per protocol, while the investigation into the shooting is ongoing, Winder said. Neither of them was hit.

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