7. SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 27 — Army Spec. Brandon S. Barrett, 28, dressed in full military gear and heavily armed, was shot and killed in the middle of a downtown street by Salt Lake police officer Uppsen Downes. Barrett had initially entered the Grand America Hotel looking for a stairwell. Employee Robyn Salmon told the man there wasn't a stairwell, escorted him out and called police. Downes was on patrol in the area and was notified about Barrett by passing pedestrians. Downes approached the man and told him to drop his rifle, but instead Barrett opened fire, hitting several nearby police cars and striking Downes in the left calf. Downes shot back, striking Barrett in the temple and killing him. Barrett, an Army veteran who had served in Afghanistan, had been classified as a deserter from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in Tacoma, Wash., just eight days before the shooting.
8. ROY, Sept. 16 — Todd E. Blair, 45, was shot and killed during a drug bust at 5933 S. 2600 West. The Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force had been investigating the house for weeks. As officers served a search warrant, Blair came toward police while holding a golf club above his head. Ogden Police Sgt. Troy Burnett fired three shots at Blair. His actions were deemed to be justified.
9. CLINTON, Nov. 5 — Clinton police detectives twice tried to deploy a Taser before shooting and killing Paulo Berumen, 34, who was armed with a knife when police arrived at a home Berumen was at on a domestic dispute call. Two officers encountered Berumen — who reportedly was holding a "large knife" — in the backyard of the home and failed in using a Taser on Berumen because of the thickness of the man's clothing. When Berumen either came at them with the knife or threw the knife at them, the two officers opened fire, killing the man. The Davis County Attorney's Office found that the officers' actions were "justified" and "prudent."
10. WEST VALLEY CITY, Dec. 17 — Brandon Eric Chief, 21, was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting after officers responded to an assault call at 3676 W. Bawden Ave. (4195 South) and found Chief with a knife. He was taken to the hospital after being shot in the chest and later died. No officers were injured, but those involved have been put on routine administrative leave while an investigation is conducted into the incident.
11. SOUTH JORDAN, Dec. 25 — Police say Daniel Pogue, 54, was heavily armed and running toward a group of people near the LDS Oquirrh Mountain Temple with a loaded shotgun when a South Jordan police officer fired one round, killing the man. Pogue had already unloaded two shotguns, one rifle and multiple swords out of his vehicle and thrown them through the gate onto temple property Saturday when he was confronted by police. He had also been seen "chopping on the fence surrounding the temple" with a machete, according to police. Officers say Pogue, who had been pointing a third shotgun at the temple and bystanders, ignored repeated commands to drop his weapon.
Also of note:
Ronnie Lee Gardner, 49, convicted of killing two men in the mid-1980s, was executed by a five-member firing squad of Unified Police Department officers at the Utah State Prison on June 18. His death is officially listed as a homicide. Four of the .30-caliber rifles were loaded with live rounds and one with a blank.
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