West Valley police officer shoots man who was wielding knife

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  • D22anielle Vancouver, WA
    Dec. 16, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    Have they learned anything about transparence. Which officer shot the gun, Where were they, was the guy with the knife a threat and if so, what was the threat. You can't say a man with a knife was shot by an experienced officer. That is like saying a girl in a car scared a police officer and so he shot his gun. Yes, if the girl was alive that might be true. But if she was dead (i.e. Danielle Willard) then the car was no threat.
    Come on guys, lets make the changes you keep talking about. I know there are bad people out there, and I know that there is going to be police involved shootings that are justified. But, if you want the public to stand behind you, you will have to give a little more detail.
    This does not help your case as far as you wanting to get trust from the community.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Dec. 16, 2013 8:35 a.m.

    WVC police have an image problem.
    That said, it is good to see two things happen:
    1) The officers are not afraid to shoot as necessary.
    2) The Chief stands behind the use of force IF NEEDED.

    Let's hope the officer used good judgment and the review is prompt and thorough.
    The last thing we need is officers who are motivated by PR and become hesitant to make split-second decisions.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Dec. 16, 2013 8:21 a.m.

    Was the knife a Smith & Wesson? How about: "West Valley Police shoot man (that was 'holding' or 'possessing') knife? Maybe shoots is ok if they fired more than one bullet. I didn't read the article because the headline is so, well, inaccurate and comical.

  • SAS Sandy, UT
    Dec. 16, 2013 12:34 a.m.

    The police officer shot a man with a knife? Don't they usually use their guns to shoot people?