The Utah County Lawyer’s Workplace has decided that two officers have been legally justified in taking pictures and killing an Orem man who had pointed a gun at them in August. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret Information)
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PROVO — Two law enforcement officials who shot and killed a person who had pointed a gun at them final 12 months in Provo have been legally justified in utilizing lethal pressure, the Utah County Lawyer’s Workplace introduced Tuesday.
On Aug. 24, Paul Finn Rasmussen, 48, of Orem, fled from a Utah County sheriff’s deputy who had tried to tug him over. About two hours later, sheriff’s deputy Justin Mortensen and Nice Grove police officer Peterson, who have been each working that evening with the Utah County Main Crimes Process Power, noticed Rasmussen’s automobile parked close to 300 North and 900 West. The detectives turned on their “police lights” and stepped out of their automotive.
Simply as they did, Rasmussen exited his automobile and drew a gun, in line with police.
“When confronted by the primary officer, Mr. Rasmussen turned and pointed a firearm on the officer. That officer took cowl behind a close-by automobile. Officer Peterson and deputy Mortensen then fired a number of rounds at Mr. Rasmussen. Mr. Rasmussen was struck a number of instances and died from a gunshot wound. A firearm was positioned close to Mr. Rasmussen, and one other firearm was positioned in Mr. Rasmussen’s clothes,” in line with a ready assertion from Utah County Lawyer David Leavitt.
The officer-involved taking pictures investigation was carried out by the Lehi Police Division and the outcomes have been handed over to Leavitt’s workplace.
“Upon overview of the information and all further data contained within the numerous police studies compiled in the course of the investigation, the Utah County Lawyer’s Workplace declines to file any prison prices towards both officer,” Leavitt stated.