WILLARD, Utah – New details regarding a fatal police shooting emerged on Monday as police provided new information about their decision to use lethal force.
Cody Ramseyer, 49, led police on a high-speed chase on Friday night, which ended when he crashed his vehicle. Police first tasered and then shot and killed Ramseyer after the chase had come to an end along I-15.
According to a press release from the Pleasant View Police Department, Ramseyer refused to exit his vehicle or show his hands as instructed by the officers. He yelled at officers, and when he exited the vehicle he began moving toward the officers.
According to the press release, Ramseyer: “Indicated that he had a gun. Indicated that he was going to kill the officers, and told the officers to kill him.”
Ramseyer moved toward the officers in an aggressive manner while saying these things, and he refused to stop, which is when officers tried to use tasers to subdue him before shooting him fatally. Officers did not find a weapon on Ramseyer.
The investigation is being handled by the Utah Department of Public Safety. The Box Elder County Attorney’s Office will determine if the shooting was justified and if any criminal charges need to be filed once that investigation has been concluded.
Friends of the family spoke about the incident Sunday on behalf of the Ramseyer family.