A Salt Lake Police Department shooting review board ruled unanimously Friday that Officer J.R. Nelson followed departmental policy in shooting a bank robber last month.
Nelson, 34, who has been on administrative leave since the incident, will return to work immediately, said Maj. Ed Johnson.Earlier this week, the Salt Lake County attorney's office ruled that Nelson acted within the deadly force law in firing his .38-caliber service revolver at Russell Ray Daines following the armed robbery of Key Bank, 206 S. 13th East, the morning of June 27.
Daines, 21, was hit with two shots in the chest and died a short time later at University Hospital.
Police chased Daines through an eastside neighborhood before sighting him hiding in some bushes at 1236 E. Laird Ave. According to witnesses, Daines raised his arm and pointed an object at Nelson, who said he believed it was a gun. The object turned out to be a belt.
Daines was later identified as the bank robber and as a suspect in other armed robberies. A small handgun was recovered at his home, located between the bank and the shooting scene.