A police department shooting review board has determined Officer William C. Froehlich responded properly when he shot and wounded a man wielding a hunting rifle Dec. 1.
"Officer Froehlich did everything that he should have done, and he did it correctly and in accordance with the law," said West Valley Police Chief Dennis Nordfelt.A shooting review board, made up of other officers in the department, is assembled any time a police officer uses his weapon. The county attorney's office also investigates all shootings. Nordfelt said he is still waiting for the review board's written report and has not yet seen the county attorney's report.
Froehlich has been on leave with pay since the Saturday night incident but has been told to report for work on his regular shift Friday evening, Nordfelt said.
Froehlich and another officer had responded to a call of a family fight at 5665 W. 3980 South when 23-year-old John Alex Daniel, who lives at that address, pointed a hunting rifle at the officer, according to a police report.
Froehlich ordered the man several times to drop the weapon before shooting him in the arm.
Daniel was treated at Pioneer Valley Hospital and then booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and vandalism. Daniel has since been released from jail and is awaiting appearance in 3rd Circuit Court on the charges and on an unrelated sexual abuse charge.