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Man trying to run over officer shot by police

A man who investigators say drove aggressively toward a West Valley police officer was in serious but stable condition Monday after being shot by the officer.

About 11:30 p.m. Sunday, an officer spotted a stolen car near 3600 West and 2700 South, said West Valley police Capt. Tom McLachlan. As the officer attempted to stop the car, the driver pulled into a nearby dead-end alley.

The officer got out of his car and ordered the driver to turn his vehicle off and get out with his hands up, McLachlan said. Instead, the driver started to drive toward the officer. In the narrow alley, McLachlan said the officer was either going to get pinned between the wall and the vehicle or struck outright, he said.

Fearing for his life, the officer fired multiple shots at the vehicle, striking the driver, he said. The driver, whose name was not released Monday morning, was taken to a local hospital in serious but non-life threatening condition, McLachlan said.

There was also a female passenger in the car who was not injured. McLachlan did not know Monday morning if she was arrested.