Rioting Protesters Throw Rocks, Bottles at Cops After Officer-Involved Shooting in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY (TheBlaze/AP) — Unrest broke out in a Salt Lake City neighborhood Saturday night after a shooting involving a police officer, KSTU-TV reported.

The shooting happened about 8:15 p.m. near downtown, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Selam Mohammad told the Tribune that a police officer shot a 16-year-old boy who was his friend. Police confirmed to KSTU that it was an officer-involved shooting.

City police are being helped by officers from three other departments as onlookers throw rocks at officers and yell obscenities, the Tribune says. Police have closed a light rail stop in the neighborhood.

Image source: KSL-TV
Image source: KSL-TV

The newspaper says that at 8:40 p.m., a line of officers moved protesters down a sidewalk.

The Tribune reports that there are a number of homeless shelters in the neighborhood and that business owners have long complained about the homeless population and drug dealing.