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Officer justified in shooting Murray murder suspect, attorney says

Published May 29, 2012 8:08 pm

Murray • Suspect's girlfriend later found dead inside her house.
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A Murray police officer was justified in shooting a suspect who is accused of murdering his girlfriend, the district attorney said Tuesday.

Officer David Stallings repeatedly ordered 31-year-old Ryan Robinson to drop his pistol after responding to a domestic violence call on April 9, according to a synopsis from the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office. Instead, Robinson ran, then pointed his gun at Stallings, the synopsis says.

Stallings fired two rounds from his handgun, striking Robinson once in the lower abdomen.

Murray police later found Shantelle Reid, 25, dead inside her home near 6300 S. 725 East. Court records cite witnesses who said they saw Robinson hit her outside the home earlier in the day, but it was a gunshot inside the house that killed her.

Robinson has been charged with first-degree felony murder, aggravated assault and other offenses. He is being held without bail at the Salt Lake County jail.

The district attorney synopsis recounts much of what has already been disclosed in criminal court filings. Murray police received a report that Robinson may have shot someone at the home. Stallings was the first officer to arrive. While waiting for backup, Robinson appeared three houses away. A neighbor told Stallings who the man was and that Robinson had a gun in the back of his pants.

Stallings drew his own .40-caliber pistol and ordered Robinson to show his hands. The synopsis says Robinson drew his gun and put it to his chin. As Stallings continued ordering him, Robinson ran.

Stallings pursued. Robinson stopped in a yard about two blocks away. That's where he pointed his gun at Stallings and was shot, the synopsis said.

County attorneys in Utah typically review police shootings to determine whether the force was within the law.

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