4 courageous deputies saved lives, were justified in shooting, county attorney says

Chaotic rampage near Nephi wasn't 'going to end any other way'

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  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    Feb. 16, 2014 9:54 a.m.

    To: DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT - Thank you for the comments. You are correct, when we continue to not enforce our laws we will continue to have these problems. This guy was a problem from way back and it was the fault of the authorities who did not take action early enough to make sure he was not allowed back.

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 16, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    All of these officers are heroes!. I am so grateful for men and women who serve as law enforcement officers, they all are an asset to our society.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 3:56 p.m.

    @ The Deuce

    Your comments reflect an unwillingness to accept the reality that there are some people who are just evil.

    However, you are right "There are often signs that lead up to this type of behavior." Those signs would include his prior conviction for attempted murder, chronic disciplinary problems while in prison, and having returned again and again to the U.S. after being deported SEVEN times and illegally acquired firearms.

    Those are signs that he is a "career criminal" and we have one dead and one seriously wounded law enforcement officer because people failed to heed the signs that this guy would not obey any laws, starting with our immigration laws and getting worse.

    My concerns are with the responding officers at every location, and their families, and how we can better prosecute and lock up (and when appropriate, execute) those who refuse to obey our laws.

    Save your sympathy for some misguided kid who gets in a fist fight, not a cop-killing career criminal.

  • bookscape Cleveland, TN
    Feb. 15, 2014 3:46 p.m.

    God bless these brave men. It just amazes me how callous and evil some people can be and then I hear about brave policemen who put themselves in danger to protect the rest of us. I have to agree with TN cougar, the review was necessary so that nobody can come back and say that these men did anything but their utmost best to serve and protect.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 10:47 a.m.

    Sounds like the exact opposite end of the spectrum, compared to the WVC situation where a little unarmed gal was popped off by cops for some reason that still hasn't been adequately explained and seems to make no sense whatsoever. Good, capable, competent, ethical, brave, and professional law enforcement personnel are a tremendous asset and advantage for any jurisdiction, and get involved in all kinds of situations which tax their integrity, patience, and ingenuity. Thank goodness we have more in this category, and fewer of those who give the whole field a very bad name.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 9:19 a.m.


    I salute and thank them.

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    Feb. 15, 2014 9:17 a.m.

    We all recognize the loss of life in the tragic situation. My question goes to how could this have been prevented? Where were family and friends that should have stepped in a got help for this individual. There are often signs that lead up to this type of behavior. If we are to stop this type of behavior in the future, we need to have familes and friends step up and get help for people when they see things going the wrong way.

  • TN Cougar Johnson City, TN
    Feb. 14, 2014 8:45 p.m.

    I am sure the officers felt justified in the use of deadly force from the second they used it, but I am also sure it is nice for them to have the administrative review done as well.

    Good job. Thank you for your service. You did the right thing.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 6:23 p.m.

    Hats off to these officers, UHP and other public safety personnel. Great job in handling this situation.

    Nothing but respect for those that put it on the line everyday!

  • justired Fillmore, UT
    Feb. 14, 2014 5:23 p.m.

    What took so long to clear them? It was actually pretty obvious. I agree, they are great guys, I'm glad we have men of this caliber in our law enforcement ranks. Thank you, thank you. I wasn't there, but I drive that stretch real often, and a friend of mine was caught that evening in the road closure. a few minutes either way, and he could have been in the middle of it.