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Published: Monday, Aug. 11 2014 10:30 p.m. MDT

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Ryan9
Grantsville, UT

I hope DN is going to follow up on this event. It sounds like there is a lot of potential for mistaken identity and the death of an innocent.

ElmoBaggins
Escalante, UT

Here we go again...it's time to reign in these shoot first cowboy cops!

Uncle_Fester
Niskayuna, NY

Huh, well maybe it's not a good idea to confront the police with a gun, just a thought.

Nighshade
Acton, MA

Don't immediately assume it was 'Cowboy Cops.' Put yourself in the cop's position. A guy is acting belligerent and waving a gun around, threatening you. Ok, now what do you do?

I'm not saying there is no such thing as police brutality and/or wrongful police shootings. But many people they face are not "innocents." Many mean harm and the police are given the job of stopping them.

A policeman has chosen a job where he earns his living by putting his life on the line every day. Think about it; do you have to do that? Also try to imagine if they weren't there doing what they do. We'd live in a society of tribes, ruled by violent warlords. If you'd like to see how that is, visit Ethiopia or Somalia.

s_harper
SLC, UT

Too many unanswered questions in this account of something that happened 24 hours ago: Who was the victim? Why the official silence? Where is the surveillance video footage of the incident? Where are the witnesses to this so-called "confrontation?" Who made those "reports?" Why no tasers? Why deadly force on someone whom the officers NEVER claimed actually HAD a gun? The two "survivors" were questioned by police. What did they say? Where's the usual laundry list of "priors," listing the arrest record of the victim to somehow justify police actions? The police had a yellow pop-up tent Monday night. Why was the victim lying face-up, uncovered and visible to this passerby at 11:15 pm? If this man is homeless, lying on the side of the road, who is his voice?

MaxPower
Eagle Mountain, UT

To follow a piece in the OpEd section, what the convenience store was lacking was clerks with conceal carry permits and more guns.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Was a gun found on the victim. I can only think of what I'd do if 3 cops have guns pointed at me. My hands would be up in the air, I don't think I would brake the cardinal rule, don't get them angry.

Cleetorn
Fuaamotu, Tonga

"Witnesses at the scene gave varying accounts of the shooting." But hey, DN, let's give the one that will generate the most controversy and then treat it like it's the only one.

midvale guy
MIDVALE, UT

@Ryan9 and Elmo Bagggins- with this minute amount of information how could anyone reach a conclusion of any kind. Maybe wait until the facts come out before assigning any blame?

cjb
Bountiful, UT

"Very little information was released Monday night, including whether or not the man was confirmed to be armed and what led to the shooting. Police said the man was acting belligerently."

Any time one acts belligerently with the police is not smart, but these days expecially. If this is true, whether the police acted totally properly or not, this appears to be a case of the Darwin principal in action with the outcome of increase our collective average intelligence.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

This is just further proof that climate change is real! err global cooling err global warming err man made disaster err something....just give more money to "green" feel good companies that make liberals richer....

shabam
Ogden, UT

Ever Notice when the public safety servants decide that de escalating the situation doesnt work they shoot first to pre emptive ensure they get the drop on someone even if there is no gun found. glory killings with full bragging rights. anyone and everyone is at risk with these loose cannons playing warfare on civilians after they come back with PTSD and a few other issues they cannot mention.

shabam
Ogden, UT

When the Police shoot first and question later, it is criminal intent I would imagine, although, the evidence should be available immediately upon using one's weapon.
Usually and quite commonly, the red flag language of the stereotypical Cover up is, the guy was beligerent, so lets shoot him, not a good cause though, still.
or he was combative, or he was barricaded himself in by hiding from dangerous situations or confronting shoot first trigger happy types.

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