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'Just a bad situation,' witness recounts officer shooting teen driver in Utah

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By: Jeremy Harris, KUTV

(KUTV) – One teen is in critical condition after a school police officer shot into a vehicle during an altercation in West Valley City Tuesday morning.

Alexis Guerrero witnessed the encounter come to an end in front of her home.

“I ran out there to see what I could help with, I saw that there was a male driver and he had been shot, Guerrero said. “He was just kind of moaning out of pain, he was really hurt.”

Guerrero said the Granite School District Police Officer was on the ground but stood up and went to help the driver of the car who he had just shot.

“It’s shocking, it’s something you don’t wake up to and walk outside of your house and see someone get shot,” Guerrero said.

Police officials say the officer approached a car full of juveniles near Hunter Ridge Park and smelled marijuana coming from the car. During his investigation, Granite District officials say the teen driver attempted to speed off in the direction of the officer.

Police say the officer ended up on the hood of the car and fired a shot that hit the driver.

“I think no one is at fault here, I think it was just a bad situation,” Guerrero said.

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During the incident, cops say four passengers got out of the suspect’s car and ran off. Officers located two of those four teens Tuesday night and were still looking for the other two.

Police are not calling the teens who ran suspects, rather, for now, cops are saying they are just witnesses and are still being interviewed.

The officer involved in the shooting received minor injuries but was treated and released from the hospital.

The teen who was shot is reported was in critical condition as of Tuesday night.

An officer-involved shooting team led by Salt Lake City Police has been brought in to investigate the incident.

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