3 fatal officer-involved shootings occur in Utah during 3-day span

Posted at 9:46 PM, Sep 12, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-12 23:46:44-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- There were three crime scenes across the state in three days, all involving police officers who shot and killed their suspects.

“Shots were fired, multiple shots were fired. We have a confirmed deceased individual,” said Lt. Danielle Croyle of the Ogden Police Department on Tuesday.

Ogden officers shot and killed Christopher Roskelley, 38, after encountering him in a residential neighborhood. Police had been looking for Roskelley in connection with another shooting in the city.

Then, Wednesday, police cordoned off an entire shopping plaza in Saratoga Springs after officers shot and killed Darrien Hunt, 22, who they said was walking around town, carrying a samurai sword.

“There’s no blade on it. It’s just a rounded edge. It’d be like hitting someone with a stick. And they murdered him over it,” said Hunt’s aunt, Cindy Moss on Wednesday.

Moss said Friday she believes Hunt may have been shot because of his race.

"I cannot figure it out, all I can I even think of, because it looks so blatantly crazy, is that it's because he's black, he's half black," she said. "I can't figure anything else out."

See the video above for more of her comments on the shooting.

One day after that, Thursday, police in Washington County shot and killed Benjamin Schroff, 37, who had been on the run that day after allegedly robbing a bank and kidnapping two employees. According to authorities, Schroff fired at their cars as he fled, until he was eventually shot.

The investigations are still pending on the three cases. See the links below for information on the shootings:

Family of man fatally shot by police in Saratoga Springs looking for answers

Police identify bank robbery, kidnapping suspect officers shot in Washington County

Ogden Police ID man killed in officer-involved shooting