VIDEO: Man Steals Officer's Baton And Starts Beating Him, Gets Turned Into Human Sprinkler

Michael Peterson was fatally shot by Salt Lake City PD after attacking two officers.

Salt Lake County, UT - Salt Lake County District Attorney Sam Gill announced on Wednesday that the fatal shooting of Michael Peterson was legally justified.

Along with the announcement, he released the bodycam video of the shooting (video below.)

The incident started on September 28 when officers were called to a person who assaulted a salon employee while trespassing at 363 South and 500 East in Salt Lake City, according to FOX 13.

One Salt Lake City PD officer arrived and contacted Peterson. The officer then asked him to come over to speak with him; Peterson kept walking away.

While the suspect was out of view, he attempted to break into a patrol car. The officer ordered him to stop and he kept going.

The officer followed Peterson at a distance and waited for backup.

Peterson then got into a Jeep at another parking lot. The officer noted that he was concerned that Peterson was under the influence and would drive off and hurt somebody. At that time, the owner of the Jeep also came out and started yelling at Peterson.

The officer ordered Peterson out of the car and he refused. The officer then tried deploying his Taser, which had no effect besides making the suspect "enraged."

Peterson jumped out of the Jeep and started beating the officer.

That's when a lieutenant arrived on scene.

The officer tried to get to his baton but dropped it while Peterson was beating him. The suspect grabbed the weapon and began to beat the officer with it.

Peterson then switched targets, and a bystander captured Peterson on video charging the lieutenant with a "batter's stance."

The lieutenant opened fire, and his initial shots appeared to have no effect, which prompted him to keep firing.

Every shot hit Peterson, turning him into a human sprinkler.

Peterson leaked to death on scene.

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District Attorney Sam Gill noted the officer's attempts to de-escalate the situation and that he only attempted to use force once it was clear that Peterson was endangering others.

Only after lesser force failed did the lieutenant use deadly force.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said the officer suffered a broken tibia, ankle, and nose along with face lacerations.

You can see the video of the incident below. WARNING - Very Graphic:

Comments (34)
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KathleenH
KathleenH

Hope the Officers healed quickly. I'm sorry for the family of this thug, nut have no sympathy for him. More thank likely strung out on drugs or just a disgusting excuse of a human. Good shooting.

proudnot2bliberal
proudnot2bliberal

the thug was high on something Id say PCP tazer didnt do squat & I think I counted 12 shots, 8 before he went down. So so much for the peaceniks (showing my age here) who say oh maybe teh officer should have used his taser or winged him, Sorry but only in hollyWEIRD does a 4'7" 85 lb broad take down a 6'2" 275 lb guy using some BS martial arts

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Nice marksmanship, Lt. Hope the officer is healing well.

angryAmerican
angryAmerican

Today's anti-law enforcement drive by the skews media and the professional athletes only keeps the police from pulling the trigger sooner, like it should have happened here, before the officer was hurt!

Lawdog
Lawdog

see ya dickhead

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Praying for the poor officer - that his broken bones will heal and that he will bear no scars (physical or mental) from this incident. I am glad that the lieutenant removed this menace to society.

Duder1897
Duder1897

Good riddance.

Big_Tex
Big_Tex

Room temperature challenge accepted....and achieved!

lindagkelly
lindagkelly

I was wondering why we haven't seen a protest, then I saw the video. It's a white guy, so BLM doesn't care. Poor officer with the broken ankle. I hope he gets better soon.

Hwninblu
Hwninblu

Hey clueless, all he had to was to comply

jrch2423
jrch2423

Thank god the suspect wasn't black..

jrch2423
jrch2423

Football would of been shittier this weekend.

kellyincuse
kellyincuse

The sticker on the back of my vehicle says it all ... I've got the boys and girls in blue's back. He had every opportunity to stop and talk through the issue reasonably but he didn't. He caused it, escalated it, and then got the worst of it because of his actions. Heal well Officer of the Law.

shoonte
shoonte

Policestate---perhaps you need to go live in a country that is an actual police state. Bet your attitude would change. That thug got everything he deserved.

Proudoftheblue
Proudoftheblue

good shoot

Tmackster
Tmackster

He was too close for Taser usage. You want a good 12-18 inch spread between the barbs. To do that you have to be about 7 feet away. The barbs any closer are ineffective.

BobbyofMaui
BobbyofMaui

Nice Shot....

Whity
Whity

Wait until cops killed a few dozens and then we'll start protesting.

Rob62323
Rob62323

Where all the riots, destroying other ppls belongings,robbery, crybabies.Ooo it is a white guy.#Rakeaknee💩🙈

Rob62323
Rob62323

We need to start bringing the 🇺🇸 to football games,while the spoiled brats sit and kneel.💩

Tinman983
Tinman983

Well done, very alarming incident. Hope the officer heals. The suspect wanted to dance with the boys in blue...paid the price.

Kerrigan
Kerrigan

Good job! If anything wrong with this it would be to much restraint on the officer's part but I realise the way things are now officers feel like they have to wait till the very last minute to use deadly force. Should not be that way hope it changes soon.

metropolitan1
metropolitan1

Officers were justified in what they did. But funny....I don't see other white folks out protesting in support of the criminal....hate it happened but the guy was begging for it. And if he'd do this...what else would he do?

Grog
Grog

Oh well...........

Xaqeria
Xaqeria

Ask and you shall receive.

angeleyes
angeleyes

good jobs officer you tried non-lethal weapons, so sorry you were hurt. Hope you heal quickly. won't be any protests as he's a white guy. sorry for racist remarks, but unfortunately true. on drugs? crazy? Why didn't anyone help the officer before backup arrived? Too busy filming?

angeleyes
angeleyes

i agree, except protest the football games by not going, instead protest outside. hit them in the pocketbooks.

Hannibal
Hannibal

White or black (color does not matter), if you attack a cop you are probably going to get shot. I agree that cops should shoot people attacking them.

Postman007
Postman007

Attack a cop forfeit your life, that simple. Those contemplating suicide, here's study material for you.

BunnyBerigan
BunnyBerigan

Well done, officers! #BackTheBlue

Ken Curtis
Ken Curtis

Excellent example why law enforcement officers need close quarter hand to hand combat training.

paducah blue
paducah blue

good thing the other cop showed up when he did or it may have been a very bad ending for the police officer with the broken ankle.. you could not pay me enough to be a police officer.. crazy people everywhere..