'A horrible surprise': Code enforcement officer shot, killed during home visit in Utah

'Terrific' West Valley employee was just 'doing her job,' co-workers say

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  • Peeves Portland, OR
    Aug. 10, 2018 11:57 p.m.

    After reading this story, and others, it seems the city went well out of their way to single this guy out more than some over many years. This last incident came as a result of the enforcement officer bothering the man's neighbor, who have already claimed they never called, to use their property to see if she could find something more that no one had complained about. She went out of her way to find something to harass this man with. Right, or Wrong the guy had enough, and snapped. His response was definitely inappropriate, but I definitely see a pattern of harassment. People are tired of the government harassing, and fining them into homelessness.

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 10, 2018 12:42 p.m.

    "An assault-style rifle, a handgun, bolt-cutters, a propane torch and gas containers were all found by police..."

    I would like to know what these items have to do with anything. I have a propane torch in my garage. I also have gas containers in my garage and there may even be some bolt cutters. I don't own an assault rifle or a handgun but I know a lot of very good people who do. They are not killers and neither am I. This list of items found by the cops is completely irrelevant and the entire list can be found in plain sight at most people's homes. The sell all of these items at walmart and only the guns can be restricted to some people.

  • not status quo Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 10, 2018 11:30 a.m.

    What an extreme measure to avoid what is tantamount to a traffic ticket.

  • not status quo Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 10, 2018 11:29 a.m.

    What an extreme measure to avoid what is tantamount to a traffic ticket.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 10, 2018 9:07 a.m.

    A "horrible surprise" … describing a trail of blood next to the victim's corpse, this type of verbiage was popular in newspapers in the 1890's.

  • dmcvey Los Angeles, CA
    Aug. 10, 2018 8:55 a.m.

    If only we could have stopped that maniac from getting a gun.

  • Jim Mesa, AZ
    Aug. 9, 2018 5:39 p.m.

    What a tragic tragic incident. All the code officer was doing was their job. Probably didn't know the suspect and had nothing against him. Everyone has the right to go to work and come home. No one has the right to interfere with that. Condolences to the victim's family.

  • NeilT Ogden, UT
    Aug. 9, 2018 5:38 p.m.

    What a cowardly act. Taking the life of an unarmed code enforcement officer. Public employees deserve our support and recognition for the all the effort they put forth to serve the public.

  • Chessermesser West Valley City, UT
    Aug. 9, 2018 4:54 p.m.

    What a horrible person. Condolences to the family.

    The people across the street from us had been written up by WVC enforcement $8,000 in fines, which they never paid.. They had a pit bull who had bitten three people on separate occasions. They had a junk car parked out front on 4 flats, and at least 50 tires on the grass in the front yard. Their son, who lived with them, killed someone in the neighborhood.

    Finally they got evicted by their mortgage company. We need better laws with some real bite for habitual enforcement violators. They make living next to them unbearable for their neighbors.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    Aug. 9, 2018 4:41 p.m.

    So it would appear that the suspect allegedly killed the code enforcement officer, burned her truck and then burned the home of the neighbor who he allegedly thought was responsible for turning him in.

    Our society has gone completely haywire. How does someone allegedly commit such horrendous crimes over a code enforcement violation? It just seems like we are seeing more and more people react with irrational violence as the collective morals of our society deteriorate.

  • Angelsings Glendale, AZ
    Aug. 9, 2018 4:35 p.m.

    Repetitive city code violations & unkempt property should have been a warning to approach with extreme caution. Typically, people like this are psychologically unstable & unpredictable; they could do anything as in this situation. My sympathy to the family & friends of the deceased.

  • toosmartforyou Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 9, 2018 3:19 p.m.

    Wow. Maybe super bad situations should have an armed officer accompany the code enforcement officer. That would be a waste of City resources but it might be necessary in some situations. Hopefully this never happens again. Condolences to the victim's family; what a shock to them.

  • firehelitacker Roosevelt, UT
    Aug. 9, 2018 12:56 p.m.

    Sounds like a murder / arson to cover up the murder scene if got a house fire outbuilding and vehicle all on fire at once unless the fire been burning for awhile and spread to the the others