Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake police investigate a shooting at the 7-Eleven on 2100 South and State Street, Monday, August 11, 2014
Investigators mum on fatal Salt Lake City shooting of fugitive
Shooting » Brother says Dillon Taylor wasn’t armed; police remain tight-lipped.
First Published Aug 13 2014 01:08 pm • Last Updated Aug 13 2014 10:06 pm

Investigators probing Salt Lake City police officers’ fatal shooting of a fugitive outside a convenience store remained tight-lipped about their findings — including whether the slain man was armed.

Jerrail Taylor insists his brother, 20-year-old Dillon Taylor, did not have a handgun on him when officers shot him Monday night outside a 7-Eleven store at 2102 S. State St.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

South Salt Lake police Sgt. Darin Sweeten, whose agency is investigating the incident, declined Wednesday to answer questions about whether a weapon had been found, or what actions by Dillon Taylor — verbal or physical — were deemed threatening enough for police to fire at least twice.

"We are not ready to release any information about a weapon being involved or not being involved at this time," Sweeten said, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.

He did once more confirm, however, that shortly before the deadly confrontation, SLCPD had received a 911 call reporting a man brandishing a handgun in the area of the store. Sweeten, citing departmental policy, declined to release a recording or transcript of the 911 call.

The Salt Lake Tribune subsequently submitted Government Records Access and Management Act requests for both the shooting incident report and that 911 call. The requests will be reviewed by South Salt Lake Police Chief Jack Carruth’s office.

The shooting also is being investigated by the office of Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill. He, too, declined to answer questions about the shooting chronology or whether a weapon had been found.

"[I] cannot talk about any facts, as it is an ongoing investigation," Gill said Wednesday in an email response to questions.

Jerrail Taylor said he, his brother and a cousin had just gotten drinks in the 7-Eleven when the officers, guns drawn, confronted them.

Dillon Taylor initially didn’t hear the officers’ demands to get down on the ground with his hands on his head, Jerrail Taylor said, because he was wearing headphones.


story continues below
story continues below

Witnesses gave conflicting accounts of whether Dillon Taylor reached toward his waistband or, as his brother claimed, was just adjusting his pants.

Sweeten said Dillon Taylor reportedly was "belligerent" toward officers. He would not further detail the nature of that alleged attitude.

Court documents show a $25,000 arrest warrant had been issued Aug. 7 for Taylor, alleging he had violated his probation on earlier felony robbery and obstructing justice charges.

remims@sltrib.com

Twitter: @remims



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.