VIDEO: Handcuffed Suspect Grabs Officer's Gun Before Being Fatally Shot

Chad Michael Breinholt grabbed a West Valley City officer's duty weapon in the basement of city hall on Aug. 23.

West Valley City, UT – West Valley City police have released shocking bodycam footage that captured the moment that a handcuffed suspect grabbed an officer’s duty weapon in the basement of city hall (video below).

The incident occurred on Aug. 23, after the West Valley City Police Department (WVCPD) received a report that a man who appeared to be “either intoxicated or high” was “causing problems” at a business near 2900 South Redwood Road, the Deseret News reported.

The woman who called 911 said that the suspect, later identified as 31-year-old Chad Michael Breinholt, was outside arguing with a woman he had been dating who worked at the business.

“He appears to be either intoxicated or high on something,” the witness told the 911 operator, according to the Deseret News. “He drove here, which is concerning. And now he’s still here in the parking lot causing a ruckus and he’s trying to get keys from her. She took the keys away.”

“He’s not okay,” the witness reiterated. “He’s stumbling. He’s slurring.”

Police placed Breinholt under arrest and transported him to the DUI processing area in the basement of city hall, the Deseret News reported.

Breinholt, who was handcuffed behind his back, was taken to a small office and told to sit in a chair while officers waited to obtain a warrant to draw a blood sample from him for toxicology testing.

At one point, he slipped off his shoe and held it behind his back, then claimed to have a gun inside it, the Deseret News reported.

One of the officers repeatedly instructed Breinholt to remain seated, as he persisted in his claim about the alleged gun in his shoe, bodycam footage showed.

“Tell ya what – give me your shoe,” one officer finally told him.

“No,” the suspect immediately replied.

As the officer pulled the suspect towards him, a second officer pried the shoe out of Breinholt’s cuffed hands.

But in the process, the suspect managed to reach his hands around his left hip from behind his body, and grabbed onto the initial officer’s duty weapon, bodycam footage showed.

“F--k! He’s got my gun!” the officer yelled, as he struggled to retain his weapon and back away from the Breinholt.

The second officer attempted to pull the suspect backwards in the confines of the small room, and a third officer rushed in to help quell the brawl.

“You’re about to die, my friend,” an officer warned, just seconds before one of them drew his weapon and fired a single round at point-blank range.

As the officers scrambled out of the office, Breinholt collapsed to the floor, bodycam footage showed.

A large pool of blood immediately spilled out around him.

“He’s dead,” one officer said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

According to police, Breinholt never managed to get the officer’s duty weapon out of its holster, the Deseret News reported.

Breinholt’s mother said that he had struggled with drug addiction since he was 17 years old, and that he had recently relapsed back into drug use.

“He was just good and kind-hearted and he just wanted to do good. He wanted to be a good person,” she said, according to the Deseret News. “He would never harm anybody. He wouldn’t do that. He was a good person.”

“This is a mental health issue,” she continued. “There needs to be awareness and support and help in this journey and this path for not only young men like Chad but for the families.”

West Valley City Police Chief Colleen Jacobs would not comment on whether a gun was located inside Breinholt’s shoe, and noted that her agency is not investigating the incident.

The Salt Lake City Police Department is handling the ongoing investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

You can watch bodycam footage of the officers’ encounter with Breinholt in the video below:

Comments (34)
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Justretired
Justretired

Not good, not good at all.

Hunter Riley
Hunter Riley

Good.... dead...off the streets...later idiot

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

So I guess since opioids are taking over, there's a new narrative for "he was a good son, he wouldn't hurt anyone," lol.

Good riddance

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Thank GOD for body cams and security cams or these officers would be hunted down by the left to make THEM another reason to attack MORE OFFICERS...BTW, Thanks Obama, you POC

Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp

Most people know what can happen if we were to grab a hold of a cops gun, I guess he didn't.

tfort
tfort

The cops put the deadly encounter into play against police policy.

The 2 rogue cops need to be held accountable for his death.

Dano911
Dano911

This could have been easily prevented if these officers had secured their firearms. As a 27 year LEO veteran, we always locked up guns when dealing with suspects at station for booking or DUI testing.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Apparently death was an ambition that Chad was working hard to achieve. With much perseverance he was able to demonstrate repeatedly that he was incapable of even pretending to reach adulthood. His final act of self-activated natural selection represents his eventual success in doing society a favour. Our heartfelt thanks go to what is left of him. Way to go Chad - you made it!

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

If he was properly handcuffed he would not be able to get his hand infront of his body. That’s why a subject should be handcuffed on their hands, below the wrist joint and with the backs of their hands together with the handcuffs snugged down firmly. Handcuffs belong on the hands not above the wrist joint on the forearms. They are HANDcuffs not FOREARMcuffs. The back of their hands should be facing each other. Try it yourself and see if you can get your hand in front of you. You can’t! Learn proper handcuffing techniques.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Stupid POS.. next.....

BarbMomof5
BarbMomof5

He paved his way and reaped what he had sown. Considering that his mother acknowledged his history of drug abuse since he was a teenager why didn’t his parents raise him better than this? His drug use started when he was a minor.

bryantrent
bryantrent

The officer shoulh have locked up his gun crazy

Raymelson
Raymelson

Live by the Gun die by the Gun

Hamlinpiper
Hamlinpiper

Were I charge? The officer gets a write up for negligence...a couple of weeks suspension. But the Perp did what he did of his own volition. Done is done.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Need better retention holsters and training on how to keep gun retained in them.

Nnfdret
Nnfdret

He may have wanted to die. The drug addiction may have been so overwhelming that he wanted to end it because he couldn’t beat the addiction.