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|Centerville Police Department|
|250 North Main Street|
|Centerville, UT 84014|
|P: (801) 292-8441|
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Officer-Involved Shooting on Legacy Highway
Centerville Police Dept
Contact: Chief Paul Child, 801-292-8441
Date: July 4, 2017
At about 2:00 this morning, the West Bountiful Police Department was contacted by the owner of a red Honda Civic reporting their vehicle stolen. Bountiful Police attempted to stop the stolen car at approximately 2:30 am; however, the driver fled and the pursuit was terminated. Later during the night, a deputy from Davis County Sheriff’s Office also tried to stop the stolen car but terminated when the subject fled. As the morning went on, the stolen car was spotted several times, but no effort was made to stop the vehicle because police knew who the suspect was.
At about 9:15 am, the stolen car was observed by a Utah Highway Patrol Trooper going north on Legacy Highway approaching Parrish Lane in Centerville. The vehicle took the exit and went east on Parrish and then south on Child Lane going into West Bountiful.
During this time period, the Centerville City parade was in progress along Main Street, and West Bountiful City was preparing for their parade which was scheduled to start at 10:30. Officers in the area were reporting the subject’s location without attempting to stop the vehicle. Information was broadcast to police that the subject was suicidal and possibly intent on “Suicide by Cop.” This information was very concerning to police officials in both Centerville and West Bountiful due to the thousands of people gathered in both towns for the festivities. Officers from Centerville and West Bountiful were instructed to make all reasonable efforts to keep the subject out of the areas where large groups had gathered for the two parades. At one point, the subject was eastbound on Parrish Lane and was approaching the parade route on Main Street and was turned away by officers within a few hundred feet of the blocked road. The subject then drove to around the area for several minutes getting very close to both of the parade routes.
Around 10:40 am, the subject went west on Parrish Lane and got onto Legacy Highway going north. A Utah Highway Patrol Trooper was able to use road spikes which were effective in flattening tires on the stolen car. There were at least two attempts to perform a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) on the car on Legacy but the subject was able to continue driving and turned around going southbound in the northbound lanes of Legacy Highway traffic. The subject ran into a marked Centerville patrol car in a head-on trajectory and then another Centerville Officer struck the car causing it to veer into the median where it came to a rest and started a grass fire.
During attempts to take the subject into custody a Utah Highway Patrol Trooper fired at the subject striking him. The subject, who has been identified as Cody Ray McCray, 32, of West Bountiful, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
This incident is being investigated by the Davis County Multi-Agency Critical Incident Team. Centerville Police Department is the Venue and Lead Agency in this investigation as outlined in the Davis County Officer Involved Shooting Protocol plan. No officers were injured during this incident.
Legacy Highway is closed in both directions and will remain closed until the investigation is completed at this location, motorist should plan on several more hours of closure.
Centerville Police Dept
On Monday, June 19, 2017, at 1:43 pm, Centerville Police Department received a 911 call for a medical emergency at Bowen Fabrication & Welding located at 1120 W 500 N in Centerville for an employee who had been hit by a steel beam. Centerville Police officers and South Davis Metro Fire were dispatched, and upon arrival officers found Dakota Butler, 18 years old, from Farr West, in semi unconscious state bleeding heavily from internal injuries and head trauma. Officers called for a medical helicopter and Life Flight was sent to the scene. SDMF took over medical care until Life Flight arrived and transported Dakota to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. Dakota sustained critical injuries and was taken off life support on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, and passed away at IMC Hospital.
The Centerville Police Department along with Utah Occupational Safety & Health are investigating how the incident occurred.
Our deepest condolences go out to Dakota “Doc” Butler’s family and friends.