Sandy man shot by police remembered as friend to all, father of 10

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  • sid 6.7 Holladay, UT
    April 3, 2013 2:04 p.m.

    I would like to inform all of you bashing the cops that a 4,000 pound vehicle traveling at 100 MPH on a city freeway is a lethal weapon. If he was pointing a gun at you would you have shot him? If I too was armed I know I would have. How is him pointing a 4,000 pound vehicle traveling at 100 MPS at you or your family any different? He wrecked his car and was still moving aggressively towards two officers after being tased twice and you think he shouldn't be shot? If he would have harmed a member of my family or heaven forbid killed one of them he wouldn't have to have worried about the cops.

    I'm sorry for the grieving family of this man I really am and I am sure he was a good person in many ways. When he did what he did he knew the possible outcomes and he made his decisions, now his family and friends have to deal with the consequences. Thank goodness nobody else's family or friends have to deal with them too.

    By the way, I am a liberal Democrat.

  • Bomar22 Roberts, ID
    April 1, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    I would be the first to agree that there are situations where force and even deadly force are called for but I'm not sure this was one of them. If it is justifiable to shoot to kill when someone puts others lives at risk it would be a daily occurrence. Every drunk driver is putting lives at risk and there are drivers that aren't impaired who put lives at risk because they are terrible drivers. We see drivers speeding through residential neighborhoods at 50 mph, since they are putting peoples lives at risk is the solution to shoot them? Methinks not. In my opinion a good officer is someone who can bring a bad situation to a conclusion without anyone suffering severe injury. From what I have read and heard, this was not a deadly force situation.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    April 1, 2013 2:03 p.m.

    sandy, ut

    Danielle Willard was also unarmed.
    Corey Kanosh was unarmed.
    Kelly Fay Simons ... unarmed, and shot in the back was fleeing from Police.

    I've served in the military.
    I've had people shooting at me.
    I know it can be sacrey.

    But we were also trained and expected to be court-martialed for shooting at unarmed civilians.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    April 1, 2013 12:53 p.m.


    Maybe you didn't read the article. The police got calls of a driver driving RECKLESSLY at over 100 mph. He crashed his car into a ditch after not stopping for police. Then he came at them aggressively. If you are defending those actions then no amount of common sense can help you.

  • Gordon T. Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 1, 2013 12:35 p.m.

    It appears as if this guy had the intention of committing suicide. The police perform a thorough investigation when anybody is killed by an officer. It would be prudent to wait until such an investigation is over before commenting.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    April 1, 2013 12:29 p.m.

    2nd, he placed in danger every one of the cars on the freeway that night as he drove recklessly.


    Oh good grief --
    You've NEVER driven in Utah, have you?
    This happens 24/7/365 here.

    An unarmed man didn't comply with police commands to get down on the ground, so they shot him.

    I've see guys get tazed.
    If he'd already been hit twice, a 5 year old could have easily walked over and kicked him to the gorund.

    This is becoming more and more common place around here lately.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    April 1, 2013 12:26 p.m.

    Unarmed, Speeding and not fully dropping in the mud while being tazed = Death Penalty.

    I can hardly wait to see what will happen once "Constitutional Carry" is passed.
    All Utah Law-enforcement will have to automatically assume that ALL citizens are heavily armed to the teeth

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    April 1, 2013 11:01 a.m.

    terra nova

    If you would like to join the police force and put your life in danger so other citizens can be safe, by all means do so. I don't think you quite know what happened as you weren't there. Neither was I. I also think you overestimate the time that the officers have to decide what they are going to do. These things happen in mere seconds, not minutes. A guy who just tried to get away at speeds of over 100 mph is extremely dangerous. The taser didn't stop him, as the article stated. There are people out there that can kill you without a weapon in hand. If you had to choose to take your chances with a crazy lunatic and hope you can fend him off, or shoot him which would you choose? It is easy to say on a forum which one you would choose, but I guarantee if you were in the situation you would think differently

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    April 1, 2013 10:56 a.m.

    For those of you judging the police, once again you are judging the wrong person. The family indicates he had "problems" without being specific. My guess would be drugs. 2nd, he placed in danger every one of the cars on the freeway that night as he drove recklessly. Would your comments be different if he hit and killed a family of four while they drove a mini-van home from the movies? I am sorry for his family who have to deal with their grief at this time, but really from their statements, it doesn't sound like they are that surprised it ended like this. Police have a split second to make a judgment. They tried the tazers and he kept coming. If you don't want to get shot by the police, don't drive 100 mph down the freeway endangering me and my family.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    April 1, 2013 10:51 a.m.

    Oh But they had Uniforms? They couldn't have abused their power could they? After all some poeple only want the cops to have Guns.

  • 35ppg American Fork, UT
    April 1, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    I had to read the article again, because it didn't say he had a weapon - not even a stick in his hand - did they really need to shot to kill?

    Just seems there was a better alternative.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    April 1, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    Terra Nova, that is a rather detailed description you are providing of the scene. Were you there?

  • donahoe NSL, UT
    April 1, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    NielT, I used to shoot with police quite often, many decades ago. I remember the police told me they were trained to fire "as the barrel comes to bear". I believe police practice was to use their baton if no weapon was visible. Has practice changed over the years? What caused that change?

  • Goldies Pa Hurricane/Washington, UT
    April 1, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    It always amazes me, how somebody does things that put other people's lives at risk, and when they get what is coming to them, their friends and family can only say how "wonderful" they were.
    I'm not going to prejudge the action of the cops here. Let the investigation take it's due course. But how does being a wonderful, caring family man correlate to risking the lives of everybody on the road?

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    April 1, 2013 8:19 a.m.

    Terra Nova. Police are taught to shoot to stop which means center of mass. Shooting in the leg is not an opion. The fact that he was unarmed concerns me. I agree there may have been other options.

  • terra nova Park City, UT
    April 1, 2013 7:59 a.m.

    An unarmed man crawls out of a wrecked car. He won't stop and lie down in the mud as commanded. They they taze him... twice. He manages to stay on his feet because of all the adrenaline. He's stumbling toward them.

    Willard goes for the kill shot.

    Couldn't they have backed away? Couldn't they have given him a little room? Or, maybe just shot him in the leg?

    Or, couldn't they have just broken off the chase? Maybe used a radio (it's pretty fast) to get ahead of him? Was it worth what happened?

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    April 1, 2013 7:40 a.m.

    I am just happy that he didn't kill anybody during his episode of evading the police. He clearly didn't care about what happened to him or anybody else.