Utah Cop Fatally Shoots Fleeing Man in Back (Graphic Warning)

Utah Cop Fatally Shoots Fleeing Man in Back (Graphic Warning)

The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office released body camera footage from three police officers involved in an arrested that ended with a fatal shooting. Wednesday the DA's office released the details about its finding, saying the lethal force was justified under Utah state law, used in defense. On Aug. 13, about 10 p.m., Patrick Harmon was shot and killed by Salt Lake City officer Clinton Fox after Harmon threatened to "cut you" while holding a knife and facing three officers close by, according to a report from the district attorney's office. Harmon was initially stopped by police for riding his bicycle across six lanes of traffic on State Street near 1000 South and not having a required tail light, the report states.

After giving officers several different names, police learned that Harmon had several warrants out for his arrest. "Officer Fox said Mr. Harmon seemed emotional and distraught. Officer Fox said Mr. Harmon was talking about getting right with God and doing work for God; Officer Fox said Mr. Harmon said he was trying to take care of his arrest warrant. Officer Fox said Mr. Harmon seemed nervous," the report states. "Harmon pleaded with the officers not to go to jail. The officers took Mr. Harmon's hands and placed them behind his back. As Mr. Harmon’s hands went behind his back, Mr. Harmon bolted from the officers and ran." At one point, Harmon stopped running and turned around to face the pursuing officers while holding a knife.

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