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Suspect killed, officer wounded in shootout in West Jordan

A man was killed by West Jordan police officers on Sunday night in a shootout that left a police officer with a bullet in his shoulder.

West Jordan police said a resident was following a stolen pickup truck, which belonged to one of the resident’s relatives, and called police about 8 p.m. Sunday, FOX 13 reported.

Police caught up with the truck near 2400 West and 7700 South. For a while, the people in the truck refused to get out. Eventually, one person did, and exchanged gunfire with officers.

The person who got out of the truck died in the shootout. That person had not been identified Sunday night. Though police had hoped to release his name Monday, Sgt. J.C. Holt of the West Jordan police said on Twitter Monday afternoon that the dead man’s identity likely would not be made public until Tuesday.

One officer was shot in the upper shoulder, “just above where our ballistic vests go,” Holt told FOX 13. The officer was still hospitalized Monday, Holt said on Twitter, and is expected to recover from the injury, which is not life-threatening. “He’s up and walking around, and in good spirits,” Holt told The Salt Lake Tribune on Monday.

Others in the pickup truck — Holt could not say how many — were arrested.

Following protocol in cases when an officer shoots someone, another police department will handle the investigation. Salt Lake City police is leading the investigation, Holt said Monday.

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