Cop Shoots Suspect After Approaching Police With Crowbar in Utah

Published on May 23, 2021 by

West Valley City, Utah — West Valley police released body camera footage of an officer-involved shooting that occurred in West Valley City early May, 2021. The suspect was identified as 25-year-old Denny James Clark. At about 1:30 a.m. on May 10, officers were called to the area of 4700 W Huntington Street for a suspect breaking windows with the crowbar and trying to get into several homes. Body camera footage from officers shows Clark approached the officers carrying the crowbar. When he was ordered to drop the crowbar, Clark replied, “Nope, let me get these car keys or someone’s getting it.”

He then said, “Alright, here I come,” as he raised the crowbar over his head with both hands and ran toward one of the WVCPD officers. After Clark continued advancing, one of the officers fired five shots at Clark, who fell to the ground and was “immediately taken into custody.” Clark was treated for his wound and is being held without bail in the Salt Lake County jail. Denny James Clark, whose gunshot wound was not life-threatening, was charged in 3rd District Court with two counts of assault against a peace officer, second-degree felonies; aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; and vehicle burglary and criminal mischief, class A misdemeanors.

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