December 16th, 2022 - Uintah County, Utah

Published December 16th, 2022

A Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) police officer is recovering after being shot early Friday morning. At approximately 3:30 a.m., Uintah County (Utah) deputies and BIA officers were called to respond to a fight at a motel in Ballard. On arrival, officers encountered a man who opened fire on them, striking the BIA officer in his ballistic-resistant vest. Officers returned fire, striking the man multiple times. Officers rendered medical aid to the man at the scene, and he was transported to a nearby hospital, where he died from his injuries. The BIA officer was treated and released from the hospital. The investigation into the incident, which is being led by the Utah State Bureau of Investigations, is ongoing.