Police justified in firing 196 shots at gunman shooting indiscriminately, D.A. finds

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Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill discusses video footage from an officer-involved shooting during a press conference at the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The April shooting left Harold Vincent Robinson dead following a dramatic high-speed chase that ended when Robinson crashed into he front of a store on State Street. Gill found the 10 Salt Lake police officers, three Utah Highway Patrol troopers and two Unified police officers were justified in the use of deadly force.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill discusses video footage from an officer-involved shooting during a press conference at the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The April shooting left Harold Vincent Robinson dead following a dramatic high-speed chase that ended when Robinson crashed into he front of a store on State Street. Gill found the 10 Salt Lake police officers, three Utah Highway Patrol troopers and two Unified police officers were justified in the use of deadly force. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — One hundred ninety-six.

That’s how many shots 15 police officers fired at a West Valley man who had been indiscriminately shooting guns from his moving truck throughout the city last April.

The barrage of bullets left Harold Vincent Robinson, 37, dead following a dramatic chase involving several dozen police cars that ended on busy State Street after he crashed into the front of a store.

“We can talk about whether that’s too much or not. At this point they had a very viable, not a speculative, an actual viable threat that had already fired in our community. Their goal at that point was to stop that threat,” Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said Friday.

“It was a massive show of force,” he said. “But considering the complexity of the situation and the risk that was put to our community, I think those officers under those circumstances acted as professionally as they could.”

Though 196 shots might seem like a lot, it is consistent with the number of officers who fired their guns, Gill said.

The district attorney found that the 10 Salt Lake police officers, three Utah Highway Patrol troopers and two Unified police officers were all legally justified in the use of deadly force in a report issued Friday.

One Salt Lake officer fired two shots through the windshield of his patrol car when Robinson pointed the rifle at him and another officer during the pursuit, according to the report. Robinson swerved and ducked in the cab of his truck.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill speaks during a press conference at the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, about an officer-involved shooting in April that left Harold Vincent Robinson dead following a dramatic high-speed chase that ended when Robinson crashed into the front of a store on State Street. Gill found the 10 Salt Lake police officers, three Utah Highway Patrol troopers and two Unified police officers were justified in the use of deadly force.

The number of officers’ shots that hit Robinson isn’t known, Gill said. The medical examiner, he said, wasn’t able to determine entry and exit wounds on his body.

No bystanders were struck by the estimated 50 shots Robinson fired during the incident that started with the robbery of a Taylorsville convenience store on the morning of April 8. A …read more

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