SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — District Attorney Sim Gill has cleared all officers of charges in the February 10th Officer Involved Critical Incident where police and 30-year-old Michael Nance engaged in a shoot-out.
Nance had allegedly just shot and killed his girlfriend 34-year-old Natalie Thurber before turning the gun on police
Court documents say that when officers arrived, they saw Thurber being strangled by her live-in boyfriend, 30-year-old Michael Nance.
An officer broke out a basement bathroom window, then police say Nance walked out of the bathroom, returned with a gun and shot Thurber in front of officers.
Nance then allegedly turned the gun and shot at officers. One was almost immediately hit, suffering a non-life-threatening injury.
The gunfight continued as Nance allegedly backs out of the bathroom. Court papers show he unsuccessfully tried to kill himself by shooting a gun at his chin then ran out a back door.
Today the District Attorney said all the officers but especially the first officer on scene are to be commended for finding the domestic dispute because dispatchers did not have a clear understanding of the location of the couple.
Emotionally Gill told the press “I know that his efforts fell short but it was not because he wasn’t trying I think that needs to be commended.”
For more information on his investigation into the shooting watch the above video.
Nance faces charges of Aggravated Murder, Attempted Aggravated Murder, Aggravated Assault and Kidnaping.