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Salt Lake police officer shoots man in parking lot

Published October 29, 2011 8:45 am

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A Salt Lake City police officer shot a man Friday in a McDonald's parking lot.

About 5 p.m., an undercover officer confronted the man in a car in the parking lot of the McDonald's on the corner of 200 West and 500 South, according to Detective Dennis McGowan, spokesman for the Salt Lake City Police Department.

McGowan said the confrontation between the man and the officer was related to an ongoing investigation.

Lauren Brower was in the area to pick up her husband to go to a football game. She said her husband was about five feet away from the men. He told her the officer told the man who was reversing his car to "stop or I'll shoot." The officer fired several shots, hitting the man once in the abdomen, McGowan said.

One of the two cars involved had three bullet holes and a shot-out window.

McGowan didn't know the details of the investigation but said the injured man, who is in his 30s, was involved. He also didn't know if the man was armed, if he had shot at the officer or if he had driven his car at the officer.

The injured man was taken in serious condition to a nearby hospital.

The officer will be put on administrative leave until an investigation of the shooting is complete, McGowan said.