SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – This year, there have been seven officer-involved shootings in Salt Lake County — compared with six in all of 2017.
The latest happened on Wednesday in Salt Lake City, when domestic violence suspect Delorean Pikyavit was shot and killed by police after a SWAT stand off.
“I just don’t understand,” said neighbor Marilyn Rasmuson.
“Why did they have to shoot him?” she said.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says he is currently tasked with six open officer-involved shooting investigations.
“We’re certainly feeling the pressure of it,” said Gill.
It’s ultimately up to Gill to decide whether the shootings by police are justified.
“If there is a loss of life that occurs of our citizens, then our citizens have every right to say, was this use of force justified? And does it rise to level of criminal prosecution or criminal conduct?” said Gill.
Gill says that last year was a lower-than-normal year for officer-involved shootings.
He credits training efforts for officers in recent years.
But, he says, what is happening this year is troubling.
“The only acceptable number is zero. Because, whenever you have loss of life, that has an impact on everyone,” said Gill.