Unnamed Saratoga Springs, UT Police Shoot Man Multiple Times From Behind, Killing Him

Tony Ekins shared this content via CopBlock.org/Submit about 22-year-old Darrien Hunt who was shot and killed by still-unidentified men wearing badges of the Saratoga Springs, UT police department.

Date: September 10, 2014
Aggressors: two still-unidentified police employees
Outfit: Saratoga Springs, UT Police
Phone: 801-766-6503
Address: 1307 N. Commerce Dr., Saratoga Springs, Utah 84045

This is a case involving rural Utah town where police once again gun down a man wearing a sword on his back. Police said he lunged at them with his sword. But autopsy shows he was shot in the back running from police.

When his mother went to identify his body, the police declined and said to her, “the body is brown with an afro.” Definitely worth looking into and sharing with the stop-police-brutality network.

I live in Utah and these guys are going to get away with it if we don’t come together and let them police know we are here to protect our rights.

A write-up about the incident by Brian West and Nkoyo Iyamba at KSL.com noted:

Randall Edwards, an attorney for the Hunt family, said Saturday that an independent autopsy was performed at the family’s request. He says it shows that Darrien Hunt was shot “numerous times, all from the rear.”

“This is consistent with statements made by witnesses on the scene, who report that Darrien was shot to death while running away from police,” Edwards said in a statement. “It would appear difficult, if not impossible, to reconcile these facts with a story that Darrien was lunging toward the officers when he was shot.”

Supposedly, the Utah County Officer Involved Shooting Protocol Team is leading an independent investigation – but how unbiased can an investigation be from those folks, who, like the killers, subsist on stolen money and perceived legitimacy?

Also, as was disclosed on September 16th – six days after the shooting death of Darrian, those involved haven’t even been interviewed by investigators. What a joke!

From a write-up on TheGuardian.com by Jon Swaine:

After several days of silence Tim Taylor, the chief deputy attorney for Utah county, said in a statement on Saturday: “When the officers made contact with Mr Hunt, he brandished the sword and lunged toward the officers with the sword, at which time Mr Hunt was shot.”

However, Taylor confirmed to the Guardian on Monday that Hunt was in fact alleged to have lunged at the officers outside a bank several dozen yards away from where he ultimately died. While it was outside the bank that Hunt was first “shot at” by police, Taylor said, it was not clear whether he was struck on that occasion.

Hunt then headed north and was shot several more times before eventually collapsing outside the Panda Express, according to Taylor. He said it was not clear if there were any further threatening moves. “Whether or not the individual lunged again at point two, the other location, I don’t know about that,” Taylor said.

Randall Edwards, an attorney for Hunt’s family, said in an email late on Monday: “This appears to be a major change in the official story”.

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.”

Darrien Hunt and family, before men wearing badges killed him.
Darrien Hunt and family, before men wearing badges killed him.

If you were in the area during the time of the incident and witnessed, or captured any of the scenes that unfolded, please step forward.

Or, if you work with the triggermen and have information that hasn’t yet been made public, do the right thing. You know, if Darrien were your son, you’d seek accountability.

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  • steve

    Officer safety

  • Ghost

    Officer sissified.

  • JC

    He was walking around with a 3 foot sword on his back. His mother said, “I believe that maybe my son thought, ‘Maybe I’ll try to get a job at Panda, maybe this sword will impress them,’ ” Susan Hunt told KSL.

    “So when I see this fact pattern where someone may have been shot in the back, that someone must have been committing a violent crime and pose a threat to society, the public, for that officer to be justified in shooting the person,” Hostin said. “These cases are very case and fact-specific.

    He does have a past history of violence. “Hunt was arrested in January on several charges, including assault, child abuse and intoxication, according to county records”.

    It will be interesting to see how this turns out.

  • Anonymous

    Hunt might have been cosplaying an anime character Mugen from Samurai Champloo. However, I will say this the police just made another KKK member somewhere in the United States of America another satisfied customer.

  • Common Sense

    Its like someone stealing 2nd base. He goes toward 2nd and the 1st basemen hits him from behind. Even if that wasn’t the case, he was armed, refused to comply and (either) went towards another officer with a weapon or was attempting to flee, while armed, and posed a threat to society.

    Guess it wasn’t all that “impossible” to reconcile.

    One witness said he was “doing spins and swings” like a samurai adding, he was 22, but acted like he was 15, perhaps some indication at mental illness. Another comment was “kind of a little mentally slow, a little slower.”

    Spin away all you want but in the end, the shooting was lawful. And on a side note, in Mormanland, you won’t get any traction regardless.

  • JC

    I agree with you.

  • keepitreal

    Oh boy. A genuine fake probation officer agrees with him. I hope he feels truly honored.

  • JC

    keepitreal. The 35 year old who lives in College Park. How’s the weather in Las Vegas? Do you still try to pick up women with the old line that you are in the entertainment business and make 100-200 thousand dollars per year? You are truly mentally ill. It won’t be much longer and I will give more information about you.

  • steve

    And now a word from Mr Know it All the fake.

  • steve

    Your an idiot.

  • steve

    Shut up liar’

  • Ghost

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    4417 Strathmore Dr.
    Lake Wales, FL 33859 CURRENT

    MartialArts Principles, Inc.
    233 Marlboro St., Keene, NH 03431 DEFUNCT

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  • Ghost

    The above poster, or poser, is Paul Wayne Bowman formally from Keene NH. His current residence is 4417 Strathmore Dr. Lake Wales, FL 33859 where he runs an outfit called No Excuses Ladies Boot Camp in Winter Haven FL. He has been a troll over 15 years going by the names JC, Jason Free123, Slappy, runningwolfkenpo and Jake C to name a few. Fucking moron.

    Web addresses associated with Bowman:

    This first link gives you an up close and personal view of a professional troll and scumbag. Hear the voice and see the face behind slappy, JC, jasonfree123, etc.
    http://m.youtube.com/#/channel

    http://winterhavenchamber.com/

    https://plus.google.com/app/ba

    http://smallbusinesssynergy.co

    http://m.youtube.com/?#/user/r

    https://m.facebook.com/WinterH

    http://bootcampwinterhaven.com

    Addresses associated with Bowman:

    Paul Bowman Personal Training & Boot Camp Instructor
    4417 Strathmore Dr.
    Lake Wales, FL 33859 CURRENT

    MartialArts Principles, Inc.
    233 Marlboro St., Keene, NH 03431 DEFUNCT

    Emails associated with Bowman:

    Paul@MartialArtsPrinciples.com

    Phone numbers associated with Bowman:

    (863) 651-3385

    (863) 978-8941

    603-352-2299……

  • Ghost

    The above poster, or poser, is Paul Wayne Bowman formally from Keene NH. His current residence is 4417 Strathmore Dr. Lake Wales, FL 33859 where he runs an outfit called No Excuses Ladies Boot Camp in Winter Haven FL. He has been a troll over 15 years going by the names JC, Jason Free123, Slappy, runningwolfkenpo and Jake C to name a few. Fucking moron.

    Web addresses associated with Bowman:

    This first link gives you an up close and personal view of a professional troll and scumbag. Hear the voice and see the face behind slappy, JC, jasonfree123, etc.
    http://m.youtube.com/#/channel

    http://winterhavenchamber.com/

    https://plus.google.com/app/ba

    http://smallbusinesssynergy.co

    http://m.youtube.com/?#/user/r

    https://m.facebook.com/WinterH

    http://bootcampwinterhaven.com

    Addresses associated with Bowman:

    Paul Bowman Personal Training & Boot Camp Instructor
    4417 Strathmore Dr.
    Lake Wales, FL 33859 CURRENT

    MartialArts Principles, Inc.
    233 Marlboro St., Keene, NH 03431 DEFUNCT

    Emails associated with Bowman:

    Paul@MartialArtsPrinciples.com

    Phone numbers associated with Bowman:

    (863) 651-3385

    (863) 978-8941

    603-352-2299
    ……….

  • Alexander Vucelic

    these murders are depressingly similar – cops engage a harmless & innocent American, babble some incoherent ‘commands’, and immediately start blasting away

    the lies are also familiar

    ‘brandished’
    ‘lunged’
    ‘feared for my life’
    ‘reached for my gun’
    ‘acted crazy on drugs’
    ‘long rap sheet’

    Americans have seen enough videos contradicting police reports to know now to never believe the cops.

    less than 1/3 of Americans trust cops these days.

    badges do not grant extra rights

  • keepitreal

    Give it up, slaps. Nobody believes you have any information on anybody. You’re just a poser bitch. You’re not even close on my age, but you amazingly managed to get my income range correct. You know what they say, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

  • keepitreal

    The guy was running down the street swinging a sword. I’d have shot him myself if he approached my family.

  • ben dover

    Penn State Police down 2 , good job to whom is responsible

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  • Common Sense

    I wouldn’t hold my breath. It has already charged (cited aka a ticket) and as a 22 year vet, he’ll cut a deal and resign/retire.

  • Common Sense

    Interesting, he was arrested after 16 hours of hearing of the initial allegation, lodged in jail and resigned. Seems like accountability.

  • Common Sense

    50 years, seems like accountability again.

  • Common Sense

    So edgy.

  • JC

    Sorry but your attempts to take the focus off of yourself isn’t working. You say, “Nobody believes you have any information on anybody”. You believe it. Since what I post is true. You are 35 years old, you live in College Park, you have a criminal record and you lie like crazy because you are scared. Keep your lies coming.

  • Chris

    Hmm maybe he was shot in the back because the officers had followed protocol and had him encircled which means one officer was facing his back side and as Mr. Hunt lunged with his 27 in blade on the 41 inch samurai sword was shot from behind as police protocol bc he threatened an officer with bodily harm. But no it was a bunch of white police officers just looking to kill a black man (remember Utah County is 93.7% and blacks are 0.7% Where’s Al Sharpton, where’s Jesse Jackson?
    This is not a case of police brutality, this is a sad case of a troubled person who threatened the police and they responded as they are trained and taught.