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Published: Friday, Sept. 28 2012 8:14 p.m. MDT

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Waaandy
Bountiful, UT

I know the officer who shot him. Glad nobody else was hurt. This could have been really bad.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Tragic all the way around.

Schwa
South Jordan, UT

The man was clearly mentally ill. It's sad that our country doesn't do things to help these people, and instead waits for situations like this to develop. If he had been given proper treatment earlier in his life, he would not have been shot dead last night.

CougarBlue
Heber City, UT

Schwa, we simply do not know the whole story. He could have been given opportunities to take medication or psychiatric help and refused. We need to wait for the information to come forth which may or may not clarify this. There are some people who are strange, but not mentally ill and there are others who are just plain criminal and seem to always get away with their actions. Let's wait and see what Police fin out.

rightascension
Provo, UT

I assume from the cryptic references under the high quality photos of Mr. Meyhew that in 2004 the Deseret News published an article about him in the which he claimed to be a retired, reformed hit man working to be a good father. Now the question seems to be -- did he have a crime record? or did he just claim he had a crime record?? Sometimes hard for a news reporter to know for sureone way or another.

I agree with Schwa on this point. This has all the hallmarks of the latest example of a mental health problem that the police resolved with deadly force.

It IS sad that our country has not done more by way of mental health research, development, and programing to help these fellow citizens. Instead, the culture wait for situations like this to come to the proverbial head and then resolve violently with police action. If he could have received treatment earlier in his life, the police might not have resolved the crisis with deadly force.

mikesmullin
EAGLE MOUNTAIN, UT

we're going through a major depression. people have legitimate reasons to be at wits end. while drugs may help prevent them from deciding to end their life because of it, police-assisted suicide is nevertheless an effective out for a coward. if he wanted to hurt people he wouldn't have entertained negotiations.

heroism aside, i do think people deserve to know about the explosive capacity of the contents of his backpack. are we talking a baking soda bomb, a pipe bomb, a dirty bomb? the effort he went through to acquire the materials would tell us a lot about his intentions and whether we should view this as a medical treatment issue or larger security issue that needs to be addressed (e.g., acquiring the ingredients to create a significant explosion).

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

Regardless of his possessions the police still haven't justified assassination and murder as an answer to every threat they face. The officers face no real threat from citizens, they could walk through a mine field setting off many explosion and not get harmed so why is death their only means of prevention?

Police declaring war on americans has triggered many people to sacrifice themselves by triggering and pushing the right buttons for police reactions to kill the innocent as well as the guilty. They have every means of disabling mentally disturbed citizens but they choose law .308 to pass judgment.

As for treating the mentally ill, that's a hoax. Those that medical profession pretend to help are destroying lives and mental state, just watch a few TV ads that drug companies are broadcasting all the disclaimers for mental and phisical disorders caused. Drugs and doctors are the problem causing mental disorders of dysfunctional lives. FDA approval means no comment and no objection, where's my kick back.

JSB
Sugar City, ID

My2Cents: Were you there? If not, how do you know if the police action was appropriate? Every time an officer uses deadly force, does that mean he is irrational or a ruthless killer? I'd hate to be in the situations they face and have to make the life-and-death decisions they have to make. If the bomb had gone off and killed several people, then the police would have been condemned for not stopping Mahew when they had a chance.

guswetrust
Cebterville, Utah

The police have been very guarded telling the public about the "bomb" or explosive device. Some news stations just said it could be something that could have exploded, but that could be a can of hair spray too. I was left feeling like the public's questions went unanswered and although he had mental problems, I still feel sad that it had to end anyone's life, even his.

xyloguy
SAINT GEORGE, UT

If you claimed to have a bomb and started coming toward me and wouldn't stop when I asked, I am sorry, but a bullet is the only option for you out of self defense. How many more issues would be resolved if people were trained and had guns? I am thinking of a particular movie theater incident. I don't care if the man had a bomb or not. If he was threatening saying he did and started to approach me, that is enough reason to protect my own life.

Stop acting like the police did something wrong.

WillTheWolf
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

1 shot is all took unlike the dozens it took by NYC police officers a few weeks ago injuring several innocent bystanders in the process. The Salt Lake City police officer deserves to be commended for his skill & efforts.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
"Regardless of his possessions the police still haven't justified assassination and murder as an answer to every threat they face."

The police don't resort to deadly force in the face of every threat they face .... just the ones where their lives or the lives of others are placed in jeopardy. Like it or not each of us is responsible for the consequences of our own actions, and we don't put every eligible candidate in an insane asylum.

Hemlock
Salt Lake City, UT

You're right My2Cents. The police should have let him detonate the device and kill/injury others to demonstrated the perp's sincerity. Don't blame the police for suicide by cop.

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