Report of man ‘beating’ wife and son leads to officer-involved shooting in Sandy

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SANDY, Utah -- Authorities have identified a man who was shot by police in Sandy Friday night.

The shooting took place on 197 E. Corrie Circle around 5:30 p.m. Ivan Kaumans, 56, was shot by officers in a front yard following a domestic call. Police say Kaumans was armed with a rifle.

Kaumans was taken to an area hospital where he remains in stable condition, police said Saturday.

"I heard the police say drop the gun...and then I heard shots fired," said witness Karen Bethers.

The Bethers family lives across the street from the yard where the suspect in this case was shot. They said police gave him several opportunities to surrender peacefully.

"I heard police say to, 'drop the gun,' I saw one of them draw their pistol and was aiming at him and he kept shouting like 10 or 20 times to drop it," said Quintin Brethers.

Three Sandy Police Officers originally arrived on scene in response to a domestic violence call. Police say the suspect was reported to be “beating” his wife and son. He was also attempting to break down a bedroom door where they were hiding.

"They encountered this individual in the front yard, he was armed with a rifle at that point, the responding officer discharged his patrol weapon striking the individual in the arm where the round traveled through and into the chest," said Sgt. Dean Carriger of the Sandy Police Department.

Witnesses are thankful only one bullet was fired, and no one else was hurt.

"I was afraid, I was about ready to duck down because I didn't want to be shot," said Karen Brethers.

Due to new legislation passed in Utah in the past year, all police involved shootings must be investigated by an outside agency. This shooting will be turned over to the Murray Police Department.

Neither the name of the suspect or the officer are being released at this time.

The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition offers help and resources for those affected by domestic violence. Help is available at their website and by calling 1-800-897-5465.

October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and there will be several events held statewide aimed at raising awareness of domestic violence and reducing its impact.

FOX 13 News' Robert Boyd is at the scene of the shooting, tune in to FOX 13 News at Nine for a live report on this developing story.



    Pointing a firearm at a police officer might be considered to be a tactical error. It will be a long time, if ever, before he tried it again.

  • Patti Nicholes

    Ironic that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Too often it goes unreported. Then it gets too excessive and incidents like this happen. When I was a dispatcher at VECC we called the weekends Domestic Sat and Sun. That was 15 yrs ago or more and it hasn’t changed. SAD.

  • anotherbob

    Too bad the bullet wasn’t going for his head, either way it’s good to hear that woman and child don’t have to deal with this guy anymore (at least for now).

  • Lee

    I lived next door to Kaumans at 188 corrie cir for 25 years till i sold in 2012. Our kids played and attended school together. My mother was always home and somewhat nosey and so we knew there was some domestic abuse in the home but hidden well. Outlook of this family was “perfect” He became a bit more paranoid as years went by but her finally reporting this incident was fear that she and her deaf son would maybe not survive . He never had a rifle at his door years ago but vocalized his anger that the police have gone on / through his yard in past without permission and he was adamant his property was private. He seemed good for many years , us even knowing of his violence but very private in many ways. I would never imagine him pointing the rifle but holding it yes and non compliance yes , deserving to be shot i don’t think he would ever use the rifle nor has.

    • Anon

      They’ve been family friends for as long as I can remember. Ivan has never been violent with her before this. She’s in complete shock that this even happened. Please don’t tell people false information if you don’t know for fact. Ivan is a good man, he’s just been going through some stuff lately.

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