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