2 Utah Police Officers Shot Rape and Robbery Suspected: Authorities

One of them has been upgraded from critical to stable. Release the other.

Two Utah police officers are recovering after they were shot by a suspected rape and robbery Wednesday night, police said.

An officer from the West Valley City Circuit was wounded twice; The ministry said he was initially in critical condition but has since been upgraded to stable condition. The department said the second officer in the Unified Police Department was treated and released on Wednesday evening.

West Valley City Police said that at about 10 p.m., officers found the alleged suspect, wanted in the rape and robbery cases, parked in parking lot 711 in Taylorsville with a child inside the car.

Police said officers negotiated with suspect Annie Joker, 20, to release the 9-month-old, which he did, although he refused to leave the car himself.

Police said Joker later got out of the car and shot the two officers, hitting two of them.

Police said the officers returned fire and wounded the suspect, who was taken to hospital, where he died.

The suspect had a history with police and was known to be armed and dangerous, West Valley City Police Chief Information Officer Roxanne Fainocco said at a news conference.

The baby was unharmed, Vinoko said, adding that it was unclear what the 9-month-old had relationship to the suspect.

ABC News’ Timmy Trong contributed to this report.

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