Chaotic rampage near Nephi wasn't 'going to end any other way'
To: DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT - Thank you for the comments. You are
correct, when we continue to not enforce our laws we will continue to have these
problems. This guy was a problem from way back and it was the fault of the
authorities who did not take action early enough to make sure he was not allowed
All of these officers are heroes!. I am so grateful for men and women who serve
as law enforcement officers, they all are an asset to our society.
@ The DeuceYour comments reflect an unwillingness to accept the
reality that there are some people who are just evil.However, you
are right "There are often signs that lead up to this type of behavior."
Those signs would include his prior conviction for attempted murder, chronic
disciplinary problems while in prison, and having returned again and again to
the U.S. after being deported SEVEN times and illegally acquired firearms. Those are signs that he is a "career criminal" and we have one
dead and one seriously wounded law enforcement officer because people failed to
heed the signs that this guy would not obey any laws, starting with our
immigration laws and getting worse.My concerns are with the
responding officers at every location, and their families, and how we can better
prosecute and lock up (and when appropriate, execute) those who refuse to obey
our laws. Save your sympathy for some misguided kid who gets in a
fist fight, not a cop-killing career criminal.
God bless these brave men. It just amazes me how callous and evil some people
can be and then I hear about brave policemen who put themselves in danger to
protect the rest of us. I have to agree with TN cougar, the review was necessary
so that nobody can come back and say that these men did anything but their
utmost best to serve and protect.
Sounds like the exact opposite end of the spectrum, compared to the WVC
situation where a little unarmed gal was popped off by cops for some reason that
still hasn't been adequately explained and seems to make no sense
whatsoever. Good, capable, competent, ethical, brave, and professional law
enforcement personnel are a tremendous asset and advantage for any jurisdiction,
and get involved in all kinds of situations which tax their integrity, patience,
and ingenuity. Thank goodness we have more in this category, and fewer of those
who give the whole field a very bad name.
Heroes!I salute and thank them.
We all recognize the loss of life in the tragic situation. My question goes to
how could this have been prevented? Where were family and friends that should
have stepped in a got help for this individual. There are often signs that lead
up to this type of behavior. If we are to stop this type of behavior in the
future, we need to have familes and friends step up and get help for people when
they see things going the wrong way.
I am sure the officers felt justified in the use of deadly force from the second
they used it, but I am also sure it is nice for them to have the administrative
review done as well.Good job. Thank you for your service. You did
the right thing.
Hats off to these officers, UHP and other public safety personnel. Great job in
handling this situation. Nothing but respect for those that put it
on the line everyday!
What took so long to clear them? It was actually pretty obvious. I agree, they
are great guys, I'm glad we have men of this caliber in our law enforcement
ranks. Thank you, thank you. I wasn't there, but I drive that stretch
real often, and a friend of mine was caught that evening in the road closure. a
few minutes either way, and he could have been in the middle of it.