LOGAN — The fatal police shooting of a suicidal Logan man in July has been determined to be legally justified by the Cache County Attorney's Office.
Roger Darrin Barker, 53, reportedly pointed a handgun in the general direction of SWAT officers 346 N. 200 East and fired, striking a vehicle on the evening of July 29. A Cache County sheriff's deputy and a Logan police officer returned fire, hitting Barker. He later died from his injuries at Logan Regional Hospital.
Deputy David Pugmire and officer William Barber were placed on paid administrative leave, as is typical in officer-involved shootings. In a letter sent to both men's police agencies Tuesday, Cache County Attorney James Swink cleared them of any wrongdoing.
"The use of deadly force was within the scope and intent of Utah Code as well as salient cases from the United States Supreme Court on this issue," Swink wrote.
Police previously made contact with Barker in the same week after his wife called to say he was threatening suicide, according to Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen.
A SWAT team deployed and negotiations lasted for several hours after the second suicide call. Barker fired a shot outside the door of his home about 8:30 p.m., police said.
The Critical Investigation Team that investigated the shooting included more than 20 law enforcement agencies, including the Utah Attorney General's Office, said Cache County Attorney's Office spokeswoman Stefani Olson. Swink said the team's findings showed the officers "acted property and lawfully."
"(The) use of deadly force that led to Mr. Barker's death was reasonable and justified," Swink wrote.
In his letter, Swink also praised the agencies that investigated the shooting and extended sympathies to Barker's family.
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