A teenage boy has allegedly been shot by police while holding a broomstick in Salt Lake City, sparking angry protests.

Witnesses told local media the incident happened at around 8.15pm on Saturday evening (3.15am GMT) near a homeless shelter in the US city’s downtown area.

Selam Mohammad said his friend was 16 and had been shot in the chest and stomach after he got into a fight with another person.

Mohammad told the Salt Lake Tribune that the teenager was holding part of a broomstick at his side when officers ran up.

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