PROVO, Utah – A Provo police officer was shot and killed Saturday night in Orem attempting to arrest a fugitive.
The suspect was wounded in the shooting, Provo police Detective Nick Dupaix said, and is being treated at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center — the same hospital where the officer died from his injuries, reported The Salt LakeTribune.
“There are no other suspects and no danger to the public,” Dupaix said.
A news conference is planned for 2 p.m. today to discuss the shooting. Dupaix said the names of the officer and the suspect will be released then. As a result, police released few details early Sunday.
However, Dupaix said the deceased officer was assigned to patrol and assisted in an effort to apprehend a wanted fugitive. Dupaix declined to say what the suspect was accused of.
Police had information the suspect would be at a Bed Bath & Beyond store at 50 W. University Parkway in Orem, Dupaix said. Therefore, Provo and Orem officers arrived to make the arrest just before 10:00 p.m., but it turned into a deadly confrontation.
Dupaix didn’t know what transpired in the moments before the gunfire.
Salt Lake City police were among the first to offer condolences, sending a tweet that in part said, “We are heartbroken to hear about the loss of another hero.”
We are #Heartbroken to hear about the loss of another #Hero. To the officers of the @ProvoPolice, we will never forget the sacrifice your officer made to keep @provocity and the state of Utah safer. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/kexCAxhgL7
— SLC Police Dept. (@slcpd) January 6, 2019
Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah and a former Provo mayor, expressed his condolences and vowed that Utahns “won’t forget” this officer’s service.
“It’s a sad day in Provo,” he tweeted. “One of the City’s Finest was shot and killed outside a business late last night in Orem. I pray today for the family, friends, and fellow officers who know and love him. I hope they’ll find peace. Thank you for your dedication. We won’t forget.”