Salt Lake City police battle rock-throwers after shooting

Unrest broke out in a Salt Lake City neighborhood on Saturday night after what appears to be a shooting involving a police officer


Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Unrest broke out in a Salt Lake City neighborhood on Saturday night after what appears to be a shooting involving a police officer, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The shooting happened about 8:15 p.m. near downtown, the paper said. Selam Mohammad told the Tribune that a police officer shot a 16-year-old boy who was his friend.

Police have provided few details about the shooting, the newspaper reported.

Detective Greg Wilking would only tell the Tribune that "shots were fired," but not how many or whether an officer fired them. Late Saturday, Salt Lake City police told the newspaper that one officer, and possibly a second one, were involved in the shooting,

Mohammad told the Tribune that the victim and a man were in a confrontation, and the victim was holding part of a broomstick at his side when officers ran up.

"They told him to put it down, once," Mohammad said, and "started shooting him as soon as he turned around."

The teenager was hit in the chest and stomach, Mohammad said. The victim was taken to a hospital, the Tribune reported.

Police detained multiple people, but Wilking could not elaborate on the reason for the detentions.

City police were helped by officers from three other departments as onlookers throw rocks at officers and yell obscenities, the Tribune said. Police have closed a light rail stop in the neighborhood.

At 8:40 p.m., a line of officers moved protesters down a sidewalk, the newspaper reported.

There are a number of homeless shelters in the neighborhood, and business owners have long complained about the homeless population and drug dealing, the newspaper said.

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