A Utah police department has released graphic camera images of the body showing the moments before an officer fatally shot a handcuffed suspect during a brief but violent battle in a DUI processing area.
West Valley City police say 31-year-old Chad Michael Breinholt was investigated for suspect DUI and was processed in the basement of the police station at 3600 Constitution Boulevard at about 7:40 PM on August 23 when he was shot after he tried to grab a officer rifle.
According to a police press release, the incident started around 7 p.m. that evening when a phone call from 911 was reported that Breinholt was stunned and caused problems & # 39; in a company where his girlfriend works in the neighborhood of 2900 South and Redwood.
Body camera videos & # 39; s released by West Valley City, Utah, police show the moments leading up to an officer shooting and killing DUI suspect Chad Breinholt (left)
Breinholt, 31, was picked up outside of his girlfriend's work in August after causing a scene. A call from 911 described him as intoxicated and driving in that state
While handcuffed in the DUI processing room of the police station in the basement, Breinholt told officers that he had a gun in his shoe
Responding officers found Breinholt outside the company and determined that he had been under the influence, which resulted in his arrest.
The man was taken to the small DUI processing room at the police station. As body cameras show, Breinholt had handcuffed his hands behind his back when he claimed to have hidden a gun in one of his sneakers.
The speech of the 31-year-old is unclear and at a certain moment he stands up.
& # 39; You don't want to fight me, you definitely don't want to fight this man & # 39 ;, one of the five officers on the spot says to Breinholt while pointing at a colleague. & # 39; Just sit down and stay okay? & # 39;
In the video, several officers try to remove Breinholt's shoes, but the man seems to resist.
He manages to move his subdued hands to the left and grabbed a holstered service weapon officer during a six-second battle.
When officers tried to take off his shoes, Breinholt allegedly resisted and grabbed a cop's holster gun
& # 39; You are about to die, my friend, & # 39; one officer said to Breinholt before the other shot him up close and killed him (shown bleeding on the floor)
The officer shouts: & # 39; Oh, damn it, he has my gun! He has my gun! Let go! & # 39;
Another gives an ominous warning to Breinholt: & # 39; You are about to die, my friend. & # 39;
Moments later, a shot is fired at a short distance and Breinholt pours his own blood against the whitewashed cellar wall.
& # 39; He is dead, & # 39; one of the officers notes, presumably the shooter.
While all officers come out of the room, they call for medical help. Breinholt remains motionless on the blood-stained floor.
Police chief Colleen Jacobs said at a press conference on Friday that the officer involved shootings is being investigated by the Salt Lake City police.
The officer who fired the deadly shot, described as a veteran of the army, has been posted per protocol with administrative leave.
Breinholt had a long criminal record with more than two dozen arrests. His mother said he had been struggling with drug addiction since he was 17 years old
It is unclear whether Breinholt actually had a weapon with him at the time of his death.
Online data indicate that the 31-year-old had a very extensive criminal record, with more than two dozen arrests on various charges, including multiple counts of theft, drug-related offenses, assault, burglary, interference with arresting officer and criminal calamity, among others.
In an interview with KSL TV, Breinholt's mother said her son struggled with drug addiction from the age of 17, starting after the death of his father.
Throughout his life, Breingohlt had sought treatment for his drug problem, and in the last two years he had gone back to school and was active in the church, but he had relapsed in the two months prior to his death.
The mother described Breinholt as a gifted musician and a spiritual person who was kind-hearted and would never hurt anyone.
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