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Man Shot by Police in South Jordan Identified

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The trespassing suspect who was shot and killed by police in South Jordan Saturday has been identified.

Police were called Saturday afternoon to a private residence in South Jordan following reports of trespassing.

At a news conference on Monday night, Master Officer Sam Winkler said the officers involved located the man, identified as 26-year-old Ty Worthington to the north of the residence inside a horse corral. Winkler says the confrontation escalated and multiple shots were fired. Worthington was pronounced dead on the scene. No one else was harmed. Winkler said a small caliber hand-gun was recovered near the victim.

“We know the public still has questions related to this incident and once the investigation is completed the South Jordan Police Department will work with the Salt Lake District Attorney’s Office on the release of information,” Winkler said.

Winkler did not identify the officers involved in the shooting, but said one was wearing a body camera that was turned off during the altercation. Winkler said the camera is a test unit that has limited battery life and is utilized sparingly.

“While officers investigated the situation for nearly 45 minutes, the camera was not activated,” Winkler said. “This was considered a routine call where officers would not ordinarily activate a camera system while conducting an area search.”

The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office is gathering evidence and conducting interviews alongside South Jordan City Police Department. 

Whittney Evans grew up southern Ohio and has worked in public radio since 2005. She has a communications degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, where she learned the ropes of reporting, producing and hosting. Whittney moved to Utah in 2009 where she became a reporter, producer and morning host at KCPW. Her reporting ranges from the hyper-local issues affecting Salt Lake City residents, to state-wide issues of national interest. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the guitar and getting to know the breathtaking landscape of the Mountain West.
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