Utah Man Shot by Police Following Standoff


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, officers said.

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.

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.

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