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Family and others troubled by differing accounts of Woods Cross officer incident

Posted at 6:37 PM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 21:08:21-04

WOODS CROSS, Utah — The Davis County Attorney will review a criminal case against the Woods Cross Police officer accused of pointing a gun at a black child with disabilities.

It comes as critics accuse the police department of changing the account of what happened Thursday afternoon.

After a reported shooting in Centerville led to a police chase in West Bountiful, Woods Cross Police Lt. Adam Osoro told FOX13 who officers were searching for.

“We had a one, possibly Hispanic suspect out on foot, and we knew there was at least another suspect involved,” Osoro said Thursday.

Three hours after the incident, West Bountiful Police posted on Facebook they had caught one suspect but were still searching for a second “possible Hispanic male wearing a white shirt and black shorts or pants.”

That description differs from what the Woods Cross Police Chief Chad Soffe told reporters Monday while defending the officer.

“Two black males were said to be in the vehicle that was white that we were chasing, pursuing. One came out over the radio that one black man was driving the vehicle,” Soffe said.

“If they are looking for two black men, all of a sudden it’s acceptable that you pointed your gun at a 10-year-old’s head,” said Josianne Petit, spokesperson for Black Lives Matter Utah.

Black Lives Matters Utah leader Lex Scott believes the department lied to defend racism within the department. The advocacy organization filed a complaint with the FBI against Woods Cross City Police.

"There is no way an officer spoke to him and did not understand that this was a child and this was a special needs child. To order him to the ground and still point a gun to him is unacceptable," Petit said.

Davis County Attorney Troy Rowlings said he expects to screen the officer’s conduct as a criminal case when it’s delivered to his office.

Woods Cross Police declined to comment on this story, but on Monday, Chief Soffe was adamant the officer did nothing wrong.

Karra Porter, a Salt Lake City attorney who is helping the Hrubes family, sent this eyewitness statement to FOX 13 Tuesday. Porter said it contradicts the police department's account of what happened and "reinforces the need for an independent investigation of what actually happened."

Eyewitness statement, verbatim: