Officer-involved

***UPDATE: March 20, 2020 at 12:35 p.m.

The Uintah County Sheriff's Office in cooperation with the Vernal Police Department released the following update:

The officers involved in Thursday night’s critical incident suffered no physical injuries.  

The individual who was taken into custody is a 16-year-old male who is on probation with the state Division of Juvenile Justice Services. 

The juvenile was treated at the hospital after being bitten by a police K-9 during the incident. He was then booked into Split Mountain Youth Detention Center in Vernal. There is no ongoing threat to the public. 

A Vernal police officer fired shots at the juvenile. No one was struck by the officer’s shots. 

The entire incident is being investigated by the Utah County Officer-Involved Critical Incident Team because Vernal police officers and Uintah County sheriff’s deputies were involved. 

Main Street in Vernal remains closed from 500 West to 700 West due to the ongoing investigation. This means Davis Food & Drug (Jubilee), Beachin’ Soda Shack, the offices of the Ashley Valley Water and Sewer District, and the front parking lot of Basin Sports are also closed until investigators release the scene.

***UPDATE: March 20, 2020 at 6:50 a.m.

According to the Uintah County Sheriff's Office, the incident will be investigated by deputies from Utah County, not the Wasatch Back Major Crimes Task Force. 

Vernal Main Street will likely remain closed from 500 West to 700 West until at least midday Friday. Davis Food, Beachin’ Soda Shack, the offices of the Ashley Valley Water and Sewer District, and the front parking lot of Basin Sports are closed until investigators release the crime scene.

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March 19, at about 11:10 p.m., Vernal police officers and Uintah County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call to assist probation with a probationer who was believed to have a weapon. The probationer responded to the officers in such a way that a K9 was deployed and engaged the suspect. Shots were fired by at least one of the responding officers.

The probationer was taken into custody and transported to the hospital to be evaluated. Main Street was closed for several hours after and traffic will be directed elsewhere while the situation is investigated.

“There is no ongoing threat to the public,” said the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office, “though this closure will remain in place for several hours to preserve the integrity of the crime scene.”

All further information will be released by the investigative team, the Wasatch Back Major Crimes Task Force, as the Vernal police and Uintah County Sheriff’s deputies were involved.

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