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Family of man fatally shot by passerby during assault in Provo posts letter to community

PROVO, Utah — The family of a man who was shot and killed by a passerby who witnessed an assault in Provo has written a letter to the community and police department.

Provo Police posted the letter Monday.

The letter comes after Jeremy Sorensen was shot and killed in Provo by a passerby who said he saw Sorensen assaulting a woman on a driveway. The man shot Sorensen after warning him to stop the assault, police said. 

The letter from the Sorensen family states they are deeply saddened by his death, and they thanked the witnesses at the scene and responding police officers.

“We trust and are hopeful that honest and just conclusions will be made by the Utah County Attorney’s Office from the evidence gathered by the police,” the letter states in part.

The full text of the letter as released by Provo Police is reproduced below:

We are deeply saddened over our son Jeremy’s death and the circumstances under which it occurred.

We appreciate the efforts of those who witnessed the shooting and ran to Jeremy’s assistance until police and emergency vehicles arrived. We also honor their courage in providing evidence during the investigation.

We appreciate the police officers who responded to the crime scene and the compassion they showed toward our son.

We are grateful for the dedication and openness of the Provo Police Department throughout the investigation.

We trust and are hopeful that honest and just conclusions will be made by the Utah County Attorney’s Office from the evidence gathered by the police.

Sincerely,
Mr. and Mrs. Sorensen

Man shot by passerby intervening in domestic dispute in Provo has died

PROVO, Utah — A man who was shot by a bystander who intervened in a domestic dispute has died, Provo Police said Tuesday.

Sgt. Nisha King, Provo Police, confirmed Tuesday morning the man who was critically injured in Monday night’s shooting has died.

He has been identified as 26-year-old Jeremy Sorensen.

King said police were dispatched to apartments near 500 North and 200 East around 8 p.m. Monday on a report  a man had been shot.

Police arrived and found Sorensen with gunshot wounds, and he was taken to a hospital in critical condition, where he later died.

Investigators learned Sorensen had been involved in a “domestic disturbance” and that another man had spotted him on the ground fighting with a woman in a driveway.

King said Sorensen and an 18-year-old woman were on the ground “physically fighting” when the passerby stopped to confront Sorensen.

“The un-involved male pulled up, got out, there was some sort of verbal exchange between he and the male, and he produced a firearm and shot an unknown number of rounds at the male involved in the domestic,” King said.

King later said the passerby tried to speak with the man and then gave several warnings, but got no response from Sorensen before firing his weapon.

The woman from the initial incident was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released. Specific details about her injuries were not immediately available.

All people involved are cooperating with police, who are investigating to determine what happened and how to move forward.

The County Attorney’s office will determine if charged will be filed.

King said it can be difficult to know when to intervene in a situation, but she said you should always begin by calling 911.

“I can’t say this is how you should respond or you shouldn’t respond because each situation is so different,” King said.

Support is available 24/7 in Utah for those dealing with domestic violence. Visit the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition online or call 1-800-897-5465 for resources and assistance. In an emergency, dial 911.

Body camera footage shows Provo officers performing CPR on unconscious I-15 truck driver

SOUTH SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Two Provo Police officers were heading back to Utah County after a memorial service honoring the late Master Officer Joseph Shinner in Salt Lake City when they approached a wall of traffic near 2100 South.

According to Provo Police, Master Officers Ken Newell and Robyn Newell noticed an accident had just happened, so they pulled up and saw the driver of a semitruck, unconscious and not breathing.

In the video, they respond by immediately beginning CPR, along with good Samaritan Justin Letizia; Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. David Moreno said it might have actually saved his life.

“Every day, officers all over the United States respond to similar accidents while on shift,” Provo Police said in a tweet. “Ken and Robyn Newell were outside of Provo City but still chose to act and help a citizen in need while the driver of the semi-truck was in his ‘crucible moment.’ We applaud their heroism.”

Police said the truck driver is now in stable condition.