Video footage released of fatal police shooting in Huntsville

(Photo courtesy of the Weber County Attorney's Office | In this screen grab from police video footage, Cody Hadley is running parallel to officers with a gun just before he is fatally shot by Weber County Deputies on Oct. 23, 2020. Hadley was suspected of breaking into a trailer and firing a gun inside.)

It was dark out when deputies from the Weber County Sheriff’s Office arrived near a home in Huntsville on Oct. 23 on a report about a man with a gun breaking into the homeowner’s camping trailer and firing a gun inside it.

Deputies, using police headlights to illuminate the scene, yelled for anyone inside an enclosed trailer or the RV next to it to come out with hands up, video footage released Tuesday shows.

One of the officers said he couldn’t see anyone, but after a few seconds, feet appeared beneath the trailer and a shirtless man ran out. The man pointed his gun toward the deputies and ran at them.

Shots rang out.

The man changed directions, running parallel to the officers, with his arms still raised and a .40 caliber gun still in hand. One of the deputies can then be seen firing at him multiple times. He flailed and then fell to the ground. Deputies declared him dead at the scene.

Weber County Attorney’s Office released body camera footage and parts of the 911 call from the Oct. 23 shooting Tuesday. It’s the first new information investigators have released since the man, Cody Hadley, was shot and killed last month.

While a Weber County spokesperson declined to elaborate on more details of the shooting — such as who fired the initial shots in the video, how many shots were fired and where the shooting occurred — they did say in a video statement that Hadley was on methamphetamine when he was shot and had been distraught over a family issue the night he was killed. They had previously said two deputies fired guns.

The attorney’s office said in a news release they are still investigating the shooting and whether it was justified and within sheriff’s office’s policies.

An obituary for Hadley in the Standard-Examiner says he was a loving husband and the father of three children.

There have been 27 shootings by police, 16 of which were fatal, in Utah this year. The most people killed by police in Utah in a year, in recent history, was 19 in 2018, according to a Salt Lake Tribune database of police shootings.