Gunman wanted to kill a uniformed officer in a marked vehicle, sheriff says

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  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 3, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    Note to SLCWatch:

    You have no idea what the sheriff knows and what he doesn't. You have zero information to determine rather this is his opinion, or rather it is based on something else. I, personally, believe that he must have some basis for making this comment, and that he's not just speaking out of school. It's a rather specific claim, that the shooter wanted to kill a uniformed officer in a marked vehicle. I doubt the sheriff is just making that up.

    While it is true that the suspect has not been "interviewed" that does not mean the police have done no investigating. Interviewing a suspect has a very definite meaning for police; it does not mean that the suspect, if conscious when police arrived, did not make a statement. He very well could have said that's what his intent was, and it wouldn't, necessarily, be considered an interview. Also his wife could have said this. Of there might have been notes or documents that said this. Or people that knew the suspects, and most likely have been interviewed by now, could have said it.

    Oh well, who knows?

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 3, 2013 8:41 a.m.

    Note to Sherriff:
    If you and no one else has interviewed the suspects yet and they left no notes or indications as to motive, I suggest stating your uninformed opinion is one of the dumbest moves you can make in regards to being a Public figure. Let your PIO (public information officer) do that job, he doesn't have a political stake in it and is trained not to say dumb things. Express your heartfelt condolences, your trust in your officers and your peoples desire to serve to the best of their ability and leave it at that.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Sept. 3, 2013 8:11 a.m.

    Very good reporting. However, I am apprehensive about the "targeting of a uniformed officer". So Far, these individuals are labeled as "transients". There are groups on the landscape who wish to blame "the thin blue line" as a symbol and protector of the ills of society.

  • Observenator Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 3, 2013 6:40 a.m.

    "Randy Johnson said his son’s approach to law enforcement was to treat people with respect. He said his son would say, “Even if people are in a compromised position or have done something potentially wrong, if I treat people with respect, I’ll receive that respect.”

    Sadly, this officer likely paid the price for those law enforcement officers who don't live by this credo. The seeds of disdain are not sown in busts or arrests, but in everyday encounters when innocent citizens are met with arrogance and suspicion. It creates a culture of distrust.

    May Officer Johnson rest in peace. He was one of the good ones.

  • CP Tooele, UT
    Sept. 3, 2013 3:58 a.m.

    This brave officer's aunt is my friend and neighbor and she and her family are just devasted by this senseless act. It's a shame that the person who pulled the trigger didn't that not only was he an officer but also a husband and father.

  • manuretruck St. George, UT
    Sept. 2, 2013 9:58 p.m.


    Backup can take a lot of time to arrive. He had no reason to suspect that he was approaching a dangerous situation, and sometimes waiting for backup can make a bad situation worse (such as a violent felony in progress, i.e. someone in the process of being killed). Only the biggest cities put two officers to a car anymore. Utah PD's do not have the budget for that.

  • ImABeliever Provo, UT
    Sept. 2, 2013 6:04 p.m.

    RIP to this officer. I have no idea why this Officer attempted to handle this by himself without backup. Even me as a very part time Security Officer won't do anything without backup.