Police did not provide further details about what led to the shooting.
Two Salt Lake City police officers shot and wounded a man in Sugar House on Tuesday after a mobile crisis outreach team called for police backup, a police spokesman said at the scene.
The shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. near 900 East and 1700 South, after police said the Mobile Crisis Outreach Team with the Huntsman Mental Health Institute was already in the area and called Salt Lake City police for backup, the police spokesman said. said.
Mobile crisis outreach teams provide support to people experiencing a mental health crisis, police said. It was unclear Tuesday afternoon why the outreach team was initially in the area, or why they requested police backup.
After police arrived at the area, two officers shot the man, the spokesman said. Police did not specify where exactly the shooting occurred, whether the man was armed, and if so, whether the man returned fire at the officers. No officers were injured in the shooting.
It is also unclear whether the man shot by police is related to why the Mobile Crisis Outreach Team was initially deployed to the area. Police did not provide more information, nor did they share more details about what led to the shooting.
After the shooting, responding officers along with Salt Lake City Fire Department personnel rendered first aid to the man before he was taken to a local hospital. The police said he suffered serious injuries. He had not been identified as of Tuesday afternoon.
The two Salt Lake City officers who opened fire have been placed on administrative leave per standard procedure, the police spokesman said.
According to the Huntsman Mental Health Institute, when a call comes in to the Utah Crisis Line, which could lead to the deployment of a mobile outreach team, “thorough” risk assessments are conducted over the phone to determine if it will be safe for a team to respond, said Rachel Lucynski, the institute’s director of community crisis services.
“It’s an outlier when law enforcement support and backup is requested, but it does happen…” Lucynski said. “In general, we [mobile crisis outreach team] staff will call law enforcement for backup or on-site support if a risk assessment determines that there may be a potential security threat to our staff.”
Lucynski did not elaborate on the nature of the call Tuesday that later led to a police shooting.
It was the 16th police shooting so far this year in Utah, according to a database maintained by The Salt Lake Tribune.