A Utah man who flashed a gun at police officers and attempted to resist arrest ended up getting killed at the scene of the incident when one of the cops managed to snatch the firearm away and turn it on its owner.
Authorities in Roy have released body cam footage from the night that two police officers, whose identities have not yet been released, arrived at a gas station to confront 38-year-old Nicolas Sanchez.
The cashier had called the police to report that Sanchez was “acting suspiciously.” When police arrive, Sanchez can be seen holding the store’s door open with his body and refusing to approach the officers.
At one point, Sanchez reaches into his pocket but the officer tells him to keep his hands up. That’s when he lifts his sweatshirt as if to prove that he is not carrying anything incriminating – only to reveal the gun tucked into his waistband.
The sight of the firearm escalates the situation as the cops begin yelling at Sanchez. He tries to sprint away and manages to make it a short distance before getting tackled by one of the cops; suddenly, a barrage of gunshots can be heard.
According to the cop who fired the fatal shots, he was concerned that the culprit could have been hiding other weapons on his person, so he did not hold back.
Sanchez died at the scene. The Weber County Sheriff’s Office has stood by the cops’ actions, claiming that they are seasoned lawmen who acted appropriately.