The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office says officer was justified in shooting death of 50-year-old Patrick Harmon.
On the night of August 13th, they say a Salt Lake City police officer saw Harmon ride his bike across six lanes of traffic and a median on State Street. The officer said he noticed Harmon didn’t have red rear tail lights. The officer asked for Harmon’s name and Harmon reportedly gave him several different names and spellings.
“Eventually, [the officer] discovered Mr. Harmon had active felony warrants (one for aggravated assault) and arrested him as [other SLCPD officers] arrived to help,” the D.A.’s office said.
That’s when they say Harmon broke away from the officers. “As he ran, Mr. Harmon said ‘I’ll cut you,’ and turned and faced the officers with a knife.” One of the officers on scene then shot and killed Harmon.
The D.A.’s office says that officer’s use of deadly force was justified because the officer “reasonably believed deadly force was necessary to prevent death or serious bodily injury to himself and/or others”.
“He generally feared for his safety and the safety of other officers,” said Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill in an interview with ABC 4 Utah.
“When we took into totality all of the information, we felt that the officer was justified in the use of that lethal force,” added Gill.