Shooting victim battled drugs; Many questions unanswered by police

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  • scintilation salt lake, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 11:57 a.m.

    What could the woman have done to justify shooting her to death? Especially sitting in the passenger seat of a car. She would have had to had a weapon which put the officer in danger for his life. Nothing else would justify shooting someone sitting in a car would it? Police do risk their life every day when they are on and off duty I feel. They elected to do this job and they knew before hand what the possibilities of happening to them are. They have no more of a right to shoot and kill someone than does a civilian who shoots and kills in self defense. As far as legalizing drugs...c'mon you want to legalize substances that kill less people annually combined than alcohol alone? Get real, alcohol kills more people in the united states annually than all the illegal drug related deaths combined. Yes people this is true research it. So all the billions spent on the war on drugs, what a waste when alcohol should be made illegal if the real worry is deaths caused by altering substances and alcohol is a DRUG. A deadly one.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    Nov. 4, 2012 10:41 p.m.

    If drugs were legal, maybe it would actually save a lot of lives, and hundreds of billions of dollars. The "war on drugs" will never be won, because if people are bent on self-destruction, no law is going to stop them. Too many people die in these squabbles. We should be putting our resources into keeping them off the roads where they drastically affect the rest of us. Also, this case is filled with questions, but so far not many answers. Hopefully the full story will come out soon, and it will make some sense. Too many of these stories end with a very anemic explanation, and everyone just goes on as if nothing happened. I guess many figure if it doesn't happen to them, then it really doesn't matter anyway.

  • From Ted's Head Orem, UT
    Nov. 4, 2012 7:56 p.m.

    Benefit of the doubt? Not from me. Nor do I give the President, Governor, etc the benefit of the doubt. To doubt those in power is a safeguard against abuse. That does not mean that we try the issue in the media. Too many testosterone hyped former GIs in the police force for my liking. I will continue to doubt, as it is my right and duty.

  • yankees27 Heber, Utah
    Nov. 4, 2012 4:20 p.m.

    I agree that the cops put their lives on the line every day. However, in this case they are being very tight lipped giving the illusion that there is something they don't want out just yet. It makes it seem that they know they shot a defenseless woman. Maybe in the crossfire, maybe not. However, if they were to just say that something like that happened, we could move on. It's tragic and sad that anyone had to die. The young lady was someones daughter as we have read, we should all put ourselves in their position and feel the pain that a parent feels hearing their child has been killed. As a parent of 5, I've done what I believe is a good job teaching my kids right from wrong. But there is NO guarantee that things can't go south for them if THEY make bad choices. I'm hoping that this family can find peace and closure for their loss.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 4, 2012 1:44 p.m.

    Such a tragedy and waste of life. However, we do not pay our police to "have a fair fight." We pay them to protect the community from criminal elements and preserve their own lives with the last priority being safety of the suspects/perps. Give police the benefit of the doubt. Civilian review boards have no better record than police review boards. Heroin is the problem, not the police.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Nov. 4, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    To sisucas,

    What you are suggesting is called a jury. And there should be a bias in favor of the officers that give the, the benefit of the doubt. They put their lives on the line every day against people with messed up lives, pathologies, mental disorders and criminal intent. Our offices have wives, husbands, and children to come home to. Their families deserve the benefit of the doubt in these cases. Losing one innocent officer to one of these crimes against them is a tragedy. We need to stand up for these officers at every chance. When one makes a tragic mistake, they will pay dearly for it. But they deserve the benefit of the doubt.

    And so sorry for the tragic end to this tragic stricken life.

  • Charlemagne Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 4, 2012 12:19 p.m.

    In all probability the police were justified in this shooting. But when they do shoot somebody they ought to bend over backwards to show the public that this was the case. Being less than transparent can lead the public to be suspicious and fearful of law enforcement!

  • sisucas San Bernardino, CA
    Nov. 4, 2012 8:40 a.m.

    Too bad the only people who will ever review the case are cops themselves. They have a strong bias toward finding every shooting justifiable. We need an independent board of private citizens to review these cases.

  • justme001 Salt Lake, UT
    Nov. 4, 2012 7:11 a.m.


    First the officer injured was not shot at all, as of Friday supposedly he was hit by a car.
    Second where was the fear of life for the officer to shoot? Did she have a gun pointed at him, herself or at all?
    Third why is it taking so long to get any answers out of the WVPD? Still way to many questions out there to just decide the police were justified.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 3, 2012 9:02 p.m.

    The people you chose to associate with define who you are. Unless the injured officer shot himself I must assume that he was shot by someone in the illegal pharmaceuticals business. The fact that the officer was wounded is all the evidence needed by the shooting review board to justify his use of deadly force.

  • WestGranger West Valley City, Utah
    Nov. 3, 2012 8:46 p.m.

    And to think that some people want to legalized heroine. What are they thinking?

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Nov. 3, 2012 8:44 p.m.

    Very sad. But for the grace of God go I. Deepest sympathy and no, most people aren't judging her, only sorry for what has happened. God bless you and your family