Use of deadly force justified: District attorney reveals findings in officer-involved shooting of car theft suspect



SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – District Attorney Sim Gill announces the use of deadly force was justified in an officer-involved shooting from Jan 8 in Salt Lake City.

Gill said. “Our conclusion was that Officer Winegar’s use of deadly force was justified under Utah State Law.”

The incident occurred near 1460 W. North Temple and resulted in the suspect receiving minor injuries.

Two angles of the bodycam from two officers were previously released as per protocol. During the walkthrough, Gill showed how the officer tried to use his taser first, and then because of the situation went to his gun and fired five times.

The man injured in the shooting was Tyler Webster, 20, who reportedly stole a car that was on sale via Facebook marketplace. According to the reports, Webster ran from the police, then backed up and tried to run over one of the officers with the car, that is when he was shot.

He was treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Gill said he was shot in the arm and the leg.

Gill explained showing bodycam video at half speed, “…he has deployed the taser, the car goes back and the door starts to sweep, and you can see the pinch point (between car and gaurd rail) is very close to this guardrail,” he added, “What he told us in his interview is that it actual hits the hand and the taser goes down and that is when he goes gun on him at that point realizing he is getting dragged as his hip and right arm are hit by the vehicle. ”

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