DCSO and Syracuse PD Response to AG ruling of Syracuse Shooting on January 8, 2015

PIO Sgt. DeeAnn Servey

801-644-5742

02/05/2015

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UPDATE: 02/05/2015 1430

Due to a multi-jurisdictional investigation on the January 8th shooting in Syracuse, The Utah Attorney General’s Office, who handled the investigation,  has agreed for Davis County Sheriff’s Office to refer all GRAMA requests through their agency.  We are sorry for any confusion that may have been caused by this change.  We are required to follow the guidelines set forth by Utah Code 63G-2-204 (GRAMA) and 63G-2-206 concerning the Sharing of Government records.

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Davis County Sheriff’s Office and Syracuse Police Department have received the results of the investigation conducted by the Utah Attorney General’s Office regarding the officer involved shooting incident that occurred on January 8, 2015, in Syracuse, Utah. The letter provided by the Utah Attorney General’s Office indicated, “We conclude in light of the facts and circumstances confronting them, Officer Walker, Deputy McEwen, and Deputy Major acted lawfully in the use of deadly force necessary to prevent death or serious bodily injury to the officer or another person. Finding that the officers’ actions were lawful, the Attorney General’s Office will take no further action in this matter.”

Following Utah Code § 63G-2-204 (GRAMA) requires a person making a records request furnish the governmental entity with a written request containing the requester’s name, mailing address, daytime telephone number (if available); and a description of the record requested that identifies the record with reasonable specificity.  At that time, all available camera footage from Davis County Sheriff’s Office and Syracuse Police Department, as well as the 911 phone call and letter from the Attorney General’s Office, will be released.

This has been a difficult situation for the involved officers and Mr. Hamby’s family; hopefully all will find peace as they continue to heal emotionally from this incident.

Sheriff Richardson and Chief Atkin would like to thank the public for their support and patience in the aftermath of this incident. They would also like to thank their personnel and the many officers from agencies throughout the area for the level of excellence and professionalism they demonstrated throughout the incident and subsequent investigation.

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