Yesterday, a police officer for Granite School District shot a teenager while out on patrol in West Valley. The teenager is in critical condition and an investigation is underway.
Granite School District has a small police force that patrols their schools and, at times, the surrounding communities. These are real police who carry weapons.
According to district spokesperson Ben Horsley, yesterday one of those officers was on a patrol route near Hunter Ridge Park in West Valley. He saw what appeared to be five juveniles in a vehicle and smelled marijuana.
The officer called that in and then approached the car. When he neared the car, Horsley said the vehicle lurched forward, struck the officer, who then shot the driver. The driver, who is a juvenile, is in critical condition.
The investigation of the shooting is being handled by a Salt Lake City police task force for officer involved incidents.