CLINTON -- Police shot and killed a 34-year-old man after he threatened officers with a knife Friday morning.
Paulo Berumen died at the scene following a confrontation with the officers in his backyard at 1044 W. 1640 North, said Clinton Police Chief Bill Chilson.
Two Clinton police detectives are on administrative leave until an investigation is complete, which is normal for a police-involved shooting, Chilson said. The officers' names are not being released at this time.
When asked how long the investigation is expected to take, Chilson said, "It's done when it's done. We want to do it right the first time."
Clearfield Police Department is leading the investigation. When a police shooting occurs in Davis County, detectives and officers from other agencies handle the investigation, Chilson said.
Agencies that sent officers to the scene include Clearfield, Layton, North Salt Lake, Sunset, the Davis County Sheriff's Office, the Davis County Attorney's Office and the Utah Highway Patrol.
"The ones I'm most concerned about right now are my officers and their families," Chilson said. "I'm also concerned for the victim's family.
"It's very unfortunate what happened all the way around."
In the afternoon, parents of students at Clinton Elementary School walked their children home along 1000 West, passing the yellow police tape and police vehicles.
Children who normally walk home on 1640 North had to take a different route.
Vehicles were restricted from traveling on 1000 West from 1500 South to 1800 South for most of the day while the investigation took place.
Parents received phone calls from the school advising them what happened, said Shauna Lund, community relations specialist with the district. She said the incident occurred shortly before the morning recess.
The school's playground is next to a city park that borders the backyard of Berumen's home.
When officers told school officials what happened, the students who were at recess were brought inside the school, Lund said.
Chilson said officers draped white tarps along the chain-link fence to prevent curious eyes from viewing the scene. Also, officers were stationed by the fence to keep children away.
Berumen's wife called 911 at 9:41 a.m. Friday from a neighbor's house after Berumen punched or hit her in the face while they were in their home, Chilson said.
"She had managed to get away somehow," he said.
The couple's children were at school when the incident occurred.
Berumen's wife told officers her husband was intoxicated, Chilson said. Blood tests will confirm whether Berumen was intoxicated at the time of the shooting.
The two detectives came to the home because the lieutenant and the patrol officer were on other calls.
Chilson said his department is small enough that "everyone gets to do a little bit of everything all the time."
It is also protocol for at least two officers, if not more, to go to a domestic violence call "because you don't know how it's going to turn out," Chilson said.
What happened next is still a bit vague, he said, but from what he understands, the detectives knocked on the front door, then heard a noise in the backyard. They went to the side of the house and saw Berumen holding a large knife to his neck.
"I can tell you it was described as at least this big," Chilson said as he held his hands about 2 feet apart. "It was no pocketknife."
The officers tried to talk Berumen into dropping his knife. They then tried to Taser him, but neither officer's Taser affected the man because he was wearing thick clothing, Chilson said.
Berumen then either charged the officers or threw his knife at them, Chilson said, and that's when both officers fired their guns at the suspect.
The call went out that a man had been shot at 9:50 a.m. Both officers began CPR; paramedics were already en route because that is standard procedure for domestic violence calls, Chilson said.
Dawna Barnes, who lives on the south side of the road and west of the house, said she was in her basement working on a term paper for a college class when she heard popping noises.
"I thought, 'Was that (gunshots) I heard?' " Barnes said. But she dismissed the thought because "this is a nice, quiet neighborhood."
"Technically," Chilson said, "this is a pretty decent neighborhood."
Co-workers of Berumen gathered at the scene to hear news about the incident.
One of them, Cayetno Arzola, said he doesn't understand what happened. His supervisor called him to tell him something bad had happened to Berumen.
"He is my friend," Arzola said. "I tried to call him, but he didn't answer the phone."
Chilson said officers have been to the house within the past year on another domestic violence call.
According to the court website, Berumen pleaded guilty to assault and child abuse, both class B misdemeanors, in Clinton Justice Court on Feb. 22. The charges were in connection with a Feb. 6 incident.
In exchange for the guilty pleas, one count of child abuse, one count of unlawful detention and one count of damage to a communication device were dismissed.
The judge ordered Berumen to serve a one-year probation with the court. As part of that, Berumen was ordered to complete a domestic violence evaluation and comply with counseling or treatment.
A protective order was filed against Berumen in June 2008 but dismissed at the petitioner's request a month later.
The shooting happened just a few houses away from where Trovon Donta Ross shot and killed Annalee Christensen in June 2003, Chilson said.
Friday's incident is also the city's first police-involved shooting that Chilson can remember during his 27 years with the department.