PAROWAN – Authorities have identified 50-year-old Rocco Joseph Palmisano III Monday as the man who was shot and killed Thursday night during an officer-involved shooting in Parowan.
Around 9 p.m., Parowan Police Officer Tyler Uresk responded to the 800 West block of 200 South after a witness reported seeing Palmisano striking a child in the face, according to a Cedar City Police Department press statement.
This was not the first time Palmisano had been involved in a physical altercation in Utah, according to Utah court documents. While charges were dismissed following Palmisano’s arrest for assault and threat or use of a dangerous weapon in July 2000 and then again in October 2003, Palmisano was arrested and convicted of assault and criminal mischief in April 2004. He was also convicted of assault and intoxication in December 2006.
When Uresk arrived on scene Thursday night, he encountered Palmisano in the driveway of the home. Palmisano allegedly had a handgun on him at the time.
“The suspect pointed a handgun at the officer while approaching him in an aggressive manner,” the Police Department said. “The officer fired two shots at the suspect striking him both times.”
Despite being treated on scene by officers and EMS, Palmisano died prior to arrival at the hospital.
Uresk was not injured during the incident.
The Iron County Critical Incident Task Force, which is composed of multiple agencies, is conducting an investigation into the shooting, which the Police Department said it anticipates will be completed by the end of the week. The shooting will then be reviewed by the Iron County attorney.
Uresk was placed on paid administrative leave as standard operating procedure until the investigation is completed.
Ed. note: Officer’s name spelling corrected to Uresk.
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