KTVX TV4 News - Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City -- A man was shot to death by a police officer
following a three-hour standoff Monday night.
Jeff Ostler, 44, had told police negotiators shortly before 7 p.m.
that he would come out shooting, police Sgt. Michelle Burnette said.
He came out shortly after 7 p.m., twice pointed his hunting rifle at
police and was shot by an officer, Burnette said. The officer, whose
name has not yet been released, was place on administrative leave.
Family members told police that the man had been drinking most of the
day and was upset about upcoming court dates and child care issues.
He got into fights first with his son and then with his father,
Burnette said the man had fired his rifle within the home twice and
once at officers setting up traffic cones outside as 50 officers from
SWAT teams with Sandy and West Jordan Police Departments were
surrounding the home.
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Authorities were alerted at about 4 p.m. after four members of the
man's family escaped the home and alerted police. The family said
they left after being threatened with the rifle, Burnette said.