Orem man is shot dead by Provo police

An Orem man is dead after being shot dead by police in Provo on Tuesday night.

According to Provo Police, officers attempted to stop a car belonging to Paul Rasmussen, 48, on Geneva Road, but the car sped away. At the time, the officers did not track the vehicle.

At around 10 p.m., about an hour later, a Utah County Sheriff’s Office detective and a Pleasant Grove Police detective spotted the car parked near 300 North and 900 West. According to the police, the officers turned on the police lights on their car and Rasmussen pointed a gun at them.

Both detectives shot at Rasmussen, who was hit “multiple times” according to Provo police who did not say whether Rasmussen had fired his gun. The investigators were not injured.

Rasmussen was taken to the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, where he died shortly afterwards.

The police did not say why they were trying to pull Rasmussen towards them. The shooting is still being investigated.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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