We receive additional information that shots had possibly been fired. Soon after that, we received additional information from a local hospital that a female had arrived with a gunshot wound to her leg. —Layton Police Lt. Garret Atkin
LAYTON — Police shot a man Wednesday night while investigating the shooting of a woman earlier in the evening.
The 22-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was not conscious but was breathing when he was taken to a local hospital. His condition Thursday was not known.
The man and the 22-year-old woman who was shot were not married, but lived together and had two children in common, a 3-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy.
The incident began about 9:40 p.m. when Layton police received a call from a neighbor of a woman screaming in the Quail Cove Mobile Home Park near 935 East and state Route 193, said Layton Police Lt. Garret Atkin.
"We receive additional information that shots had possibly been fired. Soon after that, we received additional information from a local hospital that a female had arrived with a gunshot wound to her leg," he said.
A friend drove the woman to the hospital, Atkin said. A neighbor reported seeing a car speed away and a man pounding his fist against the mobile home.
Investigators learned that two small children were still inside the woman's residence. Officers surrounded the mobile home and called for the man to come out, Atkin said.
The man did come outside and initially appeared as though he was going to comply with the commands of police, the lieutenant said. But he soon turned around and started walking back toward the home.
An officer attempted to use a Taser on the man. The first shot missed and the second was determined to be ineffective.
"Fearing for safety of the children and to stop the suspect from getting back inside the home, where he might have access to weapons, a second officer fired several rounds from a handgun," Atkin said.
The man was taken to a local hospital. The man was not holding a weapon when he was shot by police. But Atkin said the officer did not want the man to have the chance to get a weapon if there was one inside.
"Based on what he had already known, he was worried about the safety of the children," the lieutenant said about the officer who fired.
Investigators later found a gun that had been thrown over a fence behind the mobile home.
The children were unharmed and were staying with a family friend Thursday. The woman was released from the hospital and taken to police headquarters for questioning.
Atkin said police had responded to that trailer home just a week ago on a disturbance call, "but nothing came of it."
The Davis County Sheriff's Office is investigating the officer-involved shooting portion of the investigation.