Whenever authorities want to dump bad news, they release it during news cycles that are being dominated by other stories. So authorities in Utah released a bombshell decision, that the officers who gunned down a cosplaying black man will not be charged, on the day before Midterm elections.
In explaining why officers were justified in gunning down 22 year old Darrien Hunt, who was holding a samurai sword, Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman said Monday that the officers were reacting to a threat since Hunt lunged at them.
“I find that Saratoga Springs Cpl. Matthew Schauerhamer and Officer Nicholas Judson were justified in their use of deadly force against Mr. Hunt,” said Buhman. “Their belief that deadly force was necessary to prevent death or serious bodily injury was reasonable.”
As The Guardian previously confirmed with Tim Taylor, the chief deputy attorney for Utah county, “Hunt was in fact alleged to have lunged at the officers outside a bank several dozen yards away from where he ultimately died.”
Also, the family’s autopsy reveals Hunt was shot in the back:
Edwards said over the weekend that the family’s private autopsy had found Hunt was shot six times from behind. He was hit once in a shoulder, once in the back, once in an elbow, twice in a leg and once in a hand, according to the attorney.
“The shot that killed Darrien, which was straight in the back, did not have an exit wound,” Edwards told the Guardian. “It raises the question as to how you can lunge at someone and be shot in the back at the same time.” Edwards declined to identify the pathologist who had carried out the autopsy, citing a desire to protect him from media attention.
According to the officers, they asked Hunt to put down the sword but he said “I can’t do it” and “it’s my sword”, reports Fox 13 Salt Lake City.
“As Mr. Hunt was speaking with the officers, abruptly and without any apparent provocation, withdrew the sword from its sheath, and immediately swung or stabbed it toward at least one of the officers,” said Buhman.
That’s when, according to Buhman, Officer Schauerhamer began shooting, and Hunt began running. Only one shot out of seven came from Officer Judson’s gun. Buhman also insists that the officers gunned down Hunt because they were worried that he would harm others.
“He did not stop after being given a verbal command to stop,” Buhman said. “The time it would have taken for Mr. Hunt with the sword still in his hand after having stabbed or sliced at officers, it would have been a matter of seconds before he reached someone else.”