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South Jordan • A police officer responding to a trespassing call on Saturday shot and killed a man.
The call came in shortly after noon near 11300 S. Brook-N-Lance Lane, and the shooting occurred about an hour later after South Jordan Police Department officers encountered a man in a nearby horse corral. An officer fired at the man; a neighbor said she heard several gunshots.
Police are waiting to publicly identify the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, until they are done notifying his relatives. Master Officer Sam Winkler said rain and snow slowed the investigation Saturday.
"Because it's an outdoor crime scene where this took place, there's bullet casings and trajectories and things like that that they want to look at," Winkler said. "So trying to do that while the ground is starting to get wet and muddy while snow is falling... it doesn't make it impossible to do this investigation, it just slows down how they're doing it, and that's why it's taking a little bit longer to do this."
Winkler said that the homeowner and suspected trespasser knew each other, but couldn't comment further. Police have not said if the man was armed or why police fired. Winkler did not say whether the deceased was the same person suspected of trespassing.
"We do not know what transpired in there," Winkler said.
Winkler did not disclose the name of the officer who fired, but Winkler described him as a "tenured supervisor." The officer was not injured, Winkler added.
South Jordan police have been testing body cameras, but Winkler did not know whether the officer was wearing one.
The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office sent investigators to the site to review the shooting, according to Winkler. The South Jordan Police Department also is investigating the incident.