WEST HAVEN — Sheriff’s deputies investigating a domestic violence case approached a man on a roadside early Monday and shot him several times after he turned and pointed a firearm at them, a police news release said.
Justin Jessop, 37, of West Haven, was in critical but stable condition at a local hospital later Monday, according to the release by the Weber County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s Lt. Matt Jensen said in an interview that two sheriff’s deputies fired shots in the confrontation near 4500 West and 4000 South at about 3 a.m. He said it was unclear whether Jessop fired at the deputies.
The deputies were investigating a domestic dispute that occurred shortly before midnight.
The news release said deputies responded to reports of shots fired near 4300 West and 4300 South. They spoke to a woman who said she had been in a dispute with her boyfriend. She did not know where he was but told deputies he may have been armed.
The woman was not injured.
When deputies approached Jessop three hours later, they tried to speak to him, but he pulled a handgun and pointed it toward them, the release said.
The deputies were placed on paid administrative leave, standard procedure while the Weber County Attorney’s Office investigates the case.
Monday’s shooting was at least the third this year involving officers in Northern Utah.
On May 22, Riverdale police shot and critically injured an armed man after a standoff at an apartment complex.
In Harrisville on March 23, police from three local departments shot a man during a domestic violence call after he refused to drop knives and began approaching them.