The Salt Lake City Police Department has positively identified the suspect in today’s officer involved shooting:
· Brandon S. Barrett (01/30/82), believed to be a US Army veteran most recently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, Washington.
At approximately 3:37 p.m. today, Dispatch received a call of a man with a gun walking along State Street between 500 and 600 South. An officer who arrived on scene exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who died at the scene.
Barrett was dressed in full military-style combat attire and was carrying a long gun and numerous rounds of ammunition.
The police officer received a gunshot wound to his leg. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.
Per policy, the Police Department has placed the officer on paid administrative leave pending an internal review and a joint criminal investigation between Salt Lake City Police detectives and the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office.