Two West Jordan police officers won’t face charges after they shot and killed a man who had just robbed a convenience store, pointed a gun at an officer and stole that officer’s police truck, the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
The two officers, J. Whitehead and T. Shepherd, declined to give prosecutors a statement about the May shooting — just as four other Salt Lake County officers have done so far this year. District Attorney Sim Gill explained in a Thursday news conference that body camera footage and statements from other cops indicated the officers could likely establish at a trial that they were justified in using deadly force to prevent death or serious injury to another person.
Gill also commended another officer, S. Hutchings, saying he tried for minutes to calm Michael Glad down and get him to drop his weapon before Whitehead and Shepherd fired their weapons. Hutchings was the first officer to come into contact with Glad on May 28 after the suspect allegedly robbed a nearby convenience store at gunpoint. Hutchings, who was driving a K-9 unit truck, spotted the man walking along 6200 South.