SALT LAKE CITY -- The Salt Lake County District Attorney says an officer involved shooting outside a McDonald's last fall was not justified.
On October 28th, 2011 Salt Lake Off. Shane Conrad fired several rounds into the car of suspected pimp Denzell Davis. Davis was hit once and later booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated exploitation of prostitution. But after five months of investigation, prosecutors ruled officer Conrad initially fired his weapon to shoot out a car window and gain entry into Davis' vehicle, and that his life was not in jeopardy.
Charges against Davis were later dropped and he was extradited to Washington State on attempted murder charges. Salt Lake Police have not commented yet on today's ruling from the D.A.
Read District Attorney Sim Gill's press release:
SALT LAKE COUNTY DA FINDS 2011 SALT LAKE CITY POLICE SHOOTING NOT JUSTIFIED
Salt Lake City, UT | Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill recently informed Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank that the DA’s Office completed its review of the investigation of Officer Shane Conrad’s use of deadly force on October 28, 2011 at 210 West, 500 South in Salt Lake City, UT. As outlined more fully in the accompanying letter, the DA’s Office determined that Officer Conrad’s use of deadly force to enter Dennzel Davis’ vehicle was unjustified.
The Office of the Salt Lake County District Attorney, Sim Gill, Salt Lake County District Attorney is required by Utah State law, and operates pursuant to an agreement with participating law enforcement agencies, consistent with established protocols and applicable law, to perform joint investigations and independent reviews of officer involved critical incidents, including police officers’ use of deadly (including potentially deadly) force used in the scope of police officers’ official duties.
The findings and conclusions of the above referenced incident, as supported by the facts developed during the joint investigation of the incident are contained in the accompanying letter to Chief Burbank
All persons accused of a criminal offense are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.