A woman shot by a Salt Lake police officer Friday afternoon was upgraded from critical to stable condition Monday morning.
Tina Olseth, 25, was shot in the upper-right arm, chest and shoulder by Salt Lake police officer Matthew Larson about 3:30 p.m. Friday, said Salt Lake Police Sgt. Kyle Jones.Officers suspected she took part in an alleged drug deal near Pioneer Park. They handcuffed Ol-seth and put her in the front passenger seat of a patrol car while they questioned a man who was with her, police said.
Witnesses and police said the woman somehow slid over to the driver's seat and put the car in gear. Then she allegedly stepped on the gas, and the car moved backward. Both Larson and officer Mark Schuman ordered her to stop, reports said.
As they were yelling at her, she shifted gears again and began to drive toward the officers. When the car was a few feet from Larson, he fired at least four shots at the unmarked police car, hitting the woman three times.
Olseth then got out of the car and continued to struggle with officers, according to witnesses and police reports. She was taken to LDS Hospital in critical condition where she underwent surgery later Friday.
Larson, who recently came under fire for shooting and killing a dog while jogging on duty on his lunch hour, has been with the department for three years. He is on paid administrative leave.