Police investigating discharge of weapon by off-duty officer

Published: Thursday, May 17 2012 12:40 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Police are investigating an incident involving an off-duty Unified police officer who discharged his weapon.

The officer was off-duty and working security at a Deseret Industries, 131 E. 700 South, around 4 a.m. Thursday, Salt Lake police detective Carlie Wiechman said. A man entered the property and was confronted by the officer, leading to a physical altercation.

At one point, the officer's weapon fired. Wiechman said she could not elaborate as to whether the weapon went off intentionally or accidentally, citing the ongoing investigation.

No one was injured in the incident. The suspect was taken into custody soon after he attempted to flee.

Robert Young, 31, was arrested for investigation of trespassing, theft, resisting an officer and fleeing. Young told police he had entered the Deseret Industries property "to look for a radio to steal," a jail report states. 

Emiley Morgan

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