Man who allegedly killed Utah police officer appears in court
Authorities said Walker had stopped the car because he ran out of gas and the passenger-side front tire had gone flat from driving over a curb, a stop sign, a large rock and then through at fence at 13800 S. 933 East, court records show. He then continued driving a few blocks away to the area of 13200 South, police said.
When Johnson pulled up near the Volvo to see if he could help, Walker allegedly shot Johnson through the open front passenger side window of Johnson’s police vehicle.
Johnson was struck in the chest by the bullet and tried to drive away northbound. Walker, who was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine at the time, fired at least three more shots, which struck Johnson’s marked vehicle, court documents state.
Johnson used his police radio to call "shots fired," but then lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a wooded area about two blocks north of where he was shot.
The medical examiner later determined Johnson died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Salt Lake County District Attorneys Sim Gill has said Johnson was wearing a bulletproof vest, but the bullet struck in an area the vest did not cover.
Walker — who shot himself in the face that day — was hospitalized for his injuries before being booked into the Salt Lake County jail, where he remains in lieu of $2 million cash-only bail.
Vaillancourt, who also was treated at a hospital, is being held at the jail on $500,000 cash-only bail.
Both defendants are scheduled to appear again before Kouris on Dec. 3 for a status hearing.