CEDAR CITY, Utah (ABC4) – New details are being released in regards to a near-fatal officer-involved shooting.
On April 2, the Cedar City Police Department is releasing information and footage of an officer-involved shooting that took place on February 14.
According to officials, the incident all began when 36-year-old Larry Joseph Tessier assaulted a resident with a knife and took off in a car near the north block of 400 West in Cedar City. Officers then began to pursue him.
As officers began to pursue Tessier, not only did the suspect try to hit an officer with his car, but he also damaged a police vehicle, and drove around the area recklessly crashing into several things, according to the Cedar City Police Department.
As the near-deadly chase continued, multiple agencies began responding to the scene, including the Iron County Sheriff’s Office and Enoch City Police Department.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, at some point during the incident, four law enforcement officers then discharged their weapons. Tessier was struck several times, a release says, and officers on scene began to quickly practice life-saving treatment.
Tessier was then transported to Cedar City Hospital and later flown to Dixie Regional Medical Center for further treatment. At the time, the Iron County Sheriff’s Office reported that Tessier was in critical condition.
On April 2, the Cedar Police Department tells ABC4 that Tessier’s condition has improved and they are “glad to see that Tessier is alive.”
The four officers involved in the shooting are now back at work after they were put on administrative leave pending the investigation. The Iron County Attorney says after realizing one of the officers involved is a family member of his, they got help from Garfield County.
“It is nice, to have that concluded, to have the findings back, and then to be able to move forward in the prosecutorial stage,” says Adams.
“Whenever there’s a potential conflict or bias that creeps up, it’s good to have an independent prosecutor or agency review that and I thought that was the call to make and that’s why we had Mr. Huntington and Garfield County review the officers’ actions in the case,” adds Chad Dotson, the Iron County Attorney.
The Cedar City police chief says repairing the vehicles that were struck costs around 20,000 dollars but he says he feels fortunate Tessier is alive.
“For any suspect involved, it’s not our intention to take a life, especially for the officers, that’s a psychological impact that we never want to have,” said Adams.
According to the Cedar City Police Department, Tessier’s charges include aggravated assault, felony fleeing and two county of felony mischief.