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One killed, officer injured when Salt Lake police officer fires gun

SALT LAKE CITY — A man was shot and killed and a police officer was shot and injured when another officer fired his gun while responding to a call in downtown Salt Lake City on Monday.

About 1:30 p.m., police were called to the Sunrise Metro Apartment complex, 580 S. 500 West, for a report of a man experiencing a mental health crisis, said Salt Lake Police Sgt. Brandon Shearer. Three officers, including a Crisis Intervention Team member, responded.

The man who was the subject of the call presented a weapon when police arrived inside the complex, Shearer said. One of the responding officers fired his gun at the man in response; the man was hit, as well as one of the other officers.

"It was a very dynamic situation," Shearer said. "Things unraveled very quickly."

While it had initially appeared that the man who was killed had shot the officer, police clarified the officer was wounded by friendly fire in a late-night news conference.

The officer who fired the shots was a patrol officer who was also trained in crisis intervention, Shearer said.

Shearer said he did not know what kind of weapon the man initially presented, or how many shots the officer fired.

The officer who was hit was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He had been released from the hospital in good condition by early Monday evening, according to Salt Lake police.

The name of the deceased man has not been released.

Unified police will be conducting the officer-involved shooting investigation. Shearer confirmed late Monday the encounter was captured on police body camera, which will be released within 10 days in accordance with department policy.

The Sunrise Metro Apartments opened in 2007 to help those who are chronically homeless, many of whom suffer from addiction or mental illness, get back on their feet and into housing.