PROVO Two Lehi officers who fatally shot a woman after she fired twice at Lehi Police Capt. Harold Terry have been approved to come back to work.
The two officers, whose names police have not released, were responding as backup for Terry while he made a traffic stop on June 23 just before 9 a.m. at 1000 E. Main in Lehi.
The officers watched as Terry got out of the car to talk with 34-year-old Kelly Wark of Washington, after a gas-station attendant had called to report her as a possible impaired driver.
Shortly after Terry got to the car, Wark pulled a .38-caliber handgun and fired twice, hitting Terry in the left side of the head, just above his ear.
Wark got out of the car and was shot down by the responding officers. She had been dealing with mental illnesses for several years and it's unknown if she was on or off medication at the time of the shooting.
"The officers involved have been cleared administratively in their role in the accident," said Lehi Police Lt. Darren Paul. "They're anticipated to be back to work at the end of this week, or the first of next week."
Terry, who has been in the hospital since the shooting, has been moved out of the intensive care unit, Paul said, and is working with therapists.
"His recovery is moving forward, moving at a slow pace, but we're still encouraged," Paul said.
The Lehi Police Department reviewed the incident to see if their protocol was followed. After their administrative review, the two men were allowed to begin the process of coming back to work.
First, Paul said the men had to go through a counseling process and get evaluated by a therapist to ensure they are "mentally fit" to return.
The men have done that and Paul said they're now waiting for one final written therapist's report to come back.
Along with Lehi's investigation, the shooting was reviewed by a multi-jurisdictional agency of county officers plus the Utah County Attorney's Office officially called the Utah County Law Enforcement Officer Involved Incident Protocol Task Force.
The task force is still waiting on several reports and thus hasn't finished their investigation, said Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman.
According to state code, this task force can get involved for things such as suspicious, violent deaths or deaths by gunshot, accident or suicide, as well as cases that involve criminal liability.
After reviewing all the evidence and medical examiner reports, they make their finding, which comes officially from Buhman.State code specifies that the task force determines if the person died by "unlawful means," and they decide if there is a need to pursue criminal prosecution.