DA declines to file charges against Cottonwood Heights officer in May shooting

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SALT LAKE COUNTY (News4Utah) – The Cottonwood Heights police officer who shot a 19-year-old man in May will not face charges.

After review, the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office will not file charges in connection with the May 29th use of deadly force

Zane James was shot during a pursuit after police said an officer determined he matched the description of a robbery suspect.

Investigators said as James fled, officers saw him reaching into and digging through his pockets and clothing. Officers ordered him to stop, but they said James continued to conceal his hands and reach into his pockets.

The officer fired his weapon and struck James. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

In June, police released body camera footage of the response immediately following the shooting. The video shows officers pull out a silver gun out of James’ pants, which was believed to be used in armed robberies that morning. 

Read the entire finding from the DA’s Office 

After the DA’s Office released its findings, Cottonwood Heights Police Department released the following statement:

“Officer Davies and the James family remain in our thoughts and prayers as they emotionally navigate this tragic event.”

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