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Investigators identify man shot, killed by police in Kearns

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Police investigate an officer-involved shooting death at 5400 South and 5400 West in Kearns on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

KEARNS — Police have released the identity of a man who was shot and killed by a Unified police officer on Tuesday after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer.

The officer was on patrol about 5:10 a.m. Tuesday when he stopped to talk to Andrew Shane Gwynn, 30, who is listed in court documents as homeless. Unified police detective Kevin Mallory said Friday he did not know specifically why Gwynn was stopped, other than it was part of the officer’s “routine patrol” after he noticed him walking in a residential area.

The officer asked for Gwynn’s identification. But while he was checking the information on the laptop in his patrol car, Gwynn ran off, Mallory said.

The officer ran after him. At some point during the foot chase, Gwynn turned around and pointed a gun at the officer, Mallory said. That’s when the officer fired his weapon, striking and killing Gwynn.

The shooting occurred near 5400 South and 5400 West.

It was unknown Friday whether Gwynn fired any shots. The officer was not wearing a body camera. Currently, only a third of the Unified Police Department’s patrol units are equipped with the cameras.

Gwynn was charged in 2017 in 3rd District Court with forgery and theft and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was booked into jail in 2019, then released due to jail overcrowding, according to court records. A new warrant was issued in March 2019 and was still outstanding as of Tuesday.

The shooting is under review by an Officer Involved Critical Incident team and will be presented to Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office once the investigation is complete.