Suspect shot by police jailed last week for similar domestic violence incident

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UPDATE:  WEST JORDAN Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A man shot by police Thursday was jailed a week ago for a similar incident.

Diamonte Riviore was killed by West Jordan police Thursday after a domestic disturbance and his girlfriend’s apartment.

“We have been out there several times on the same male suspect,” said Sgt. J.C. Holt.

But Thursday, it turned deadly.  When police arrived to the apartment they went inside and claimed Riviore had a knife on him and was tasered.

“But it didn’t work and eventually our third officer ended up firing two shots striking Mr. Riviore in the chest killing him,” said Sgt. Holt.

For now, Sgt. Holt didn’t have details of the shooting and couldn’t say if Riviore was moving towards police with the knife.

In 2016, Riviore’s girlfriend had a protective order against him following an assault charge.  But that charge was dismissed and the protective order was also withdrawn according to court records.

That history is why police said on Thursday the girlfriend sensed danger with Riviore.

“He wasn’t supposed to be there,” said Sgt. Holt.

But Sgt. Holt said she used a code word to call a friend who then called police. 

Advocates of domestic violence said code words save lives.

“For when there is danger, that code word means 911, call the police immediately because her life is in danger,” said Brandon Merrill an attorney with the Never Again Foundation. “Those code words can be life saving as it probably was in this incident.”

Following last week’s incident, the district attorney had charges against Riviore ready to go Tuesday morning.  Under state law prosecutors have 72-hours to file charges or the defendant is released from jail.  That deadline was Tuesday at 5 p.m.

But the district attorney said no one from the police department picked up up the paperwork to file it with the court and make it official.

“We followed our protocol which was ready to go well in advance of the release, the police department was notified and nobody picked it up until the 11th.

Without the charges filed in the court, the jail released him.  The 11th was Thursday, two days after the deadline.

Sgt. Holt said this can happen and has happened in the past.

“It’s unfortunate but detectives have other duties as well,” he said.  “It’s a twenty mile drive to go to the D.A.’s office and get the paperwork.”

Sgt. Holt said they have pushed for electronic filing but to date, officers must physically pickup the paperwork.
 

UPDATE: 22-year-old  Diamonte Riviore has been identified as the man shot killed by a West Jordan police officer Thursday night. 

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WEST JORDAN, Utah (News4Utah) – One man is dead after a domestic situation led to an officer-involved shooting Thursday afternoon.

Three West Jordan police officers responded to a home at 7003 Cherry Leaf Drive around 4:30 p.m. on a report of an “armed” domestic violence incident. 

The incident, police say, involved a man and a woman. Police said they had previously been in a relationship and at some point lived together. 

While officers were responding, there was an altercation and an officer fired his weapon, shot and killed the man. Police did not give any more details regarding the altercation that led to the shooting.  

An infant who was present during the situation was not injured.

West Jordan Police Sgt. J.C. Holt said officers responded to the home last week on another domestic-related complaint, so they are familiar with the people involved. 

“We generally will send two officers to a domestic violence call, but we had three here for this one, so it suggests that the officers knew it was going to be a tough situation,” said Holt. 

Per officer-involved critical incident protocol, Unified Police Department is conducting the investigation into exactly what happened. 

This is a developing story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

 Support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence is available 24/7: 1-800-897-LINK (5465) or at udvc.org. If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, please call 911 immediately.

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