ROOSEVELT, Duchesne County — A man who reportedly shot himself in the head as a deputy fired at him in eastern Utah early Sunday is expected to survive, authorities said.
The gunfire rang out as officers responded to a Roosevelt home about 2 a.m. on a report of domestic violence. They found a man outside the home and were trying to detain him when he allegedly brandished a handgun, chambered a bullet and raised the weapon, the Duchesne County Sheriff's Office said in a prepared statement.
One deputy feared for his safety and that of others, so he fired twice when the man raised the gun, according to the sheriff's office. Both shots missed the man and hit a car. The man, whose name and age have not been released, shot himself in the head as the deputy fired and was transported to Uintah Basin Medical Center in Roosevelt before being flown by medical helicopter to a hospital on the Wasatch Front.
The sheriff's office said the man is expected to survive but did not give details on his injuries. None of the officers were wounded.
The deputy who fired his gun has been placed on paid administrative leave as the sheriff's office conducts an internal probe and the Basin Critical Incident Team leads an independent review.
The home where the shooting happened is near 500 East and 5000 South in Roosevelt, according to the sheriff's office.