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CLINTON — A recently unsealed search warrant sheds new details surrounding a police shooting in November that killed a 64-year-old Clinton resident.

During a standoff between police and 64-year-old Allen Scott Culpepper, shots were allegedly fired by both Culpepper and a member of the Syracuse Police Department, according to a search warrant made public on Monday.

The warrant also states that Culpepper was shot three times, which ultimately caused his death.

Police proposed the search warrant for the purpose of obtaining Culpepper’s iPhone. Investigators say in the warrant they believe the phone will “contain information as to his mental state prior to and during the incident leading up to his death,” according to the warrant.

The warrant was served on Nov. 27, two days after the police shooting. It was unsealed and made public on Monday, online records show.

Police in Clinton were dispatched to their own parking lot after a 911 hangup call was made around 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25, and was traced to the back parking lot of the Clinton City Police Department.

Clinton officers quickly arrived and found an “emotionally distraught” man was locked in his car with “multiple firearms within his reach,” according to a press release from the Syracuse Police Department shortly after the shooting. Officers from nearby agencies were called to the scene to assist.

In total, police officers from Clinton, Syracuse, Kaysville, Layton and the Davis County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, according to the search warrant.

Police allege that Culpepper had “multiple weapons” in the vehicle and refused to surrender the weapons to police, according to the release.

“After several hours of negotiations, Officers attempted to take Culpepper into custody by using less lethal force,” the warrant says.

Police officers went “hands on” with Culpepper before shots were allegedly fired by both Culpepper and the Syracuse officer. The warrant did not specifically say what “hands on” explicitly means or the name of the Syracuse officer that shot and killed Culpepper.

Culpepper allegedly had a “prior suicidal call history” with the Clinton Police Department, police said in the press release.

The officer who shot at Culpepper has yet to be identified, but the news release notes that the officer has over 15 years of experience in law enforcement. The officer was placed on paid administrative leave after the shooting.

The Davis County Critical Incident Investigative Protocol is handling the investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

Jacob Scholl is the Cops and Courts Reporter for the Standard-Examiner. Email him at jscholl@standard.net and follow him on Twitter at @Jacob_Scholl.

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