OICI - Officer Involved Critical Incidents
The Utah County Officer Involved Protocol team investigated the shooting. After this office’s review of the investigation, including watching the video, it is clear that the officer complied with the laws that govern the use of force.
The Utah County Attorney’s office will not seek criminal charges against the officer in this matter.
“Provo Police detectives conducted an incredible investigation to put the facts of this case together,” stated Deputy County Attorney, Lance Bastian.
“Utah County is much safer without Gourdin in our community. I’m proud of the excellent trial work of my deputy county attorneys to put a solid case before the jury and have them return a guilty verdict.” Said David O. Leavitt, Utah County Attorney.
Personnel and Administrative
As the first female police chief in Utah County, Chief Johnston will bring broad and finely-tuned expertise to her leadership of the department. Developing officer-involved shooting protocols and then training is her area of expertise. She's investigated death penalty, aggravated murder and homicides. Chief Johnston also has years of experience in fraud, white collar crime, and exploitation of vulnerable adults. Her experience on the narcotics and major crime task forces and the sex crimes task force have also been major focuses through her nearly three decade career.
David Leavitt, Utah County Attorney will be holding a press conference at 11 am today to provide additional information and answer questions regarding the declination decision in the above matter.
David Leavitt, Utah County Attorney in reference to the screening process said, “We receive the evidence and reports from law enforcement. The next step of the process is a review of what we have received by our screening team—a group that includes many of our most experienced attorneys. They review everything that is submitted. Through that careful process, a recommendation is forwarded from the screening team and reviewed by me for the final decision.”
Policy and Criminal Justice Reform Legislation
“These amendments in HB300 are an opportunity to reduce backlogs in the District Court calendars for a low risk Class A misdemeanor case that likely will receive a plea bargain instead of going through 3 to 6 months in the processes of the District Courts, only to be reduced to a Class B misdemeanor anyway. By using the County Justice Court option and filing these as Class B misdemeanors, we can make better use of court resources, shorten the resolution of these matters, and direct available resources to defendants to help them improve their lives.” said David Leavitt, Utah County Attorney.
Since the sole source of Medical Cannabis available under the Act for a local health department is from the Utah State Central Fill Pharmacy, and since the State Central Fill Pharmacy has neither offered nor provided medical cannabis to the Utah County Health Department, the question posed by the Utah County Health Department is premature. When, and if, that time comes, the Utah County Attorney's Office will provide a legal opinion.
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This is an active investigation and includes multiple facets including working with federal agencies. We anticipate the investigation will continue for many weeks to determine if civil action and/or criminal charges are warranted.
lengthy briefing. It was determined the investigation, although ongoing, has reached a point where the evidence supports two actions.