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Body camera footage shows Sgt. Courtesy West Valley City Police. He relied on a frame-by-frame analysis of body camera footage, the testimony of the officers involved and the advice of two expert witnesses. Tyler Longman acted within the law when he shot and killed a handcuffed man at point-blank range inside the West Valley City police department nearly two years ago. But the shooting of Michael Chad Breinholt bothers him. An exasperated district attorney tried to get two points across at a Thursday news conference.
The second is that Gill thinks the law should be changed.
Do I think that, as a civilian, that this death could have been averted? But the law is very clear.
Breinholt was arrested on Aug. The officers arrested Breinholt for DUI and they took him to the police department for a more accurate Breathalyzer test. Eventually Longman came to help the officers fill out an electronic warrant to do a blood draw. The footage shows a situation that escalated quickly after Breinholt told officers he had a gun in his shoe. Two officers start wrestling with him, though the gun never leaves the holster.
It Was His Third Shooting. After Longman heard Atkin yell that Breinholt had his gun, the sergeant experienced tunnel vision, he said in an interview with the D. If that gun comes out, Officer Atkin is going to get shot, I could be shot, I have to end it now. I was in complete shock. He shot and killed a man in and another inand the district attorney found his actions to be legally justified in both cases also.
He is among six West Valley City officers, both current and former, who have fired more than once. Now, the district attorney gave him a pass. The Salt Lake Tribune, through records requests and appeals, obtained the full nine hours of bodycam that shows what led up to the fatal shot.
He also saw a shooting that could have been avoided if Breinholt was taken to a hospital or Longman used brute force to subdue an intoxicated man. Or why Breinholt was even in that room at all, when he asked the officers for help and to go to a psychiatric hospital. What led up to this? Longman was trying to warn this man that he needed to stop or he was going to be hurt, if not killed. Gill ended the news conference and quietly gathered his things. As of Thursday, he has eight more police shootings to rule on.
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