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Woman shot by police in Provo after allegedly pointing gun at officers

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PROVO — A woman in her 20s was shot by police in Provo Thursday night after police said she pointed a gun at officers.

As of Friday morning, the woman, whose name has not yet been released, was out of surgery and “stable,” said Provo Police Sgt. Nisha King.

But she is expected to remain in the hospital for a while, King said.

Officers responded to a report of a woman waving a gun in the air about 7 p.m. at Utah Lake State Park, 4400 W. Center. The woman ignored officers’ commands to put the gun down and instead pointed it at officers and was shot, according to Provo police.

Provo Police Chief Rich Ferguson said medical aid was rendered immediately on scene and responders transported the woman to Utah Valley Hospital.

“My officers are shaken. No officer wants to be confronted with this kind of situation,” he said, describing the individuals involved as officers ranging in experience who are “competent and very qualified to do their job.”

The countywide Officer Involved Critical Incident Team was dispatched to the scene to investigate.

Contributing: Pat Reavy