Family members identify man killed in officer-involved shooting

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SOUTH JORDAN,  Utah – Family members of a man who was shot and killed during an encounter with South Jordan police Saturday have confirmed the man’s identity Sunday.

Family members tell FOX 13 News the man is 26-year-old Ty Elvin Worthington. While family members have given the man's name, police have not yet confirmed the identity of the man who was shot.

Records indicate Worthington's most recent listed address matches the address of the home where the 911 call originated Saturday. Police have confirmed that the man who was killed was known to the person who called 911 but did not provide specific information.

Worthington was shot and killed Saturday after police responding to a trespassing call encountered Worthington in a horse pasture a short distance from where the trespassing call originated.

Police have provided very few details regarding the incident and the events that occurred before the officer, described as a “tenured supervisor”, shot Worthington.

South Jordan police said the incident is under investigation and they would not be releasing further details at this time.

This is at least the ninth fatal officer-involved shooting to occur in Utah in 2014. Utah law allows officers to use lethal force if they feel it is necessary, though the decision on whether that action is justified is generally handled by a district attorney.

Master Officer Sam Winkler, South Jordan PD, said officers face uncertainty in such situations.

“Police encounter unknown persons in general all of the time, and they don’t know what the purpose is, we don’t know what the other person’s intentions are, so it can be a very dangerous job and things happen very quickly,” he said.

The shooting is being investigated internally by the police department, and the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office is conducting a separate investigation. The officer involved is on leave, as per standard procedure.

14 comments

  • Bob

    “Some of us learn from other people’s mistakes and the rest of us have to be other people.” – Zig Ziglar
    Obviously this suspect was “other people”.

  • Phil

    Police officers are trained to kill. It’s kill or be killed, it escapes me how people can put themselves in situations that place their life in harms way and believe their own B/S and think that it will not happen to them. iIf he truly was not doing anything wrong trespassing or anything else. He would have lived to wake up today. That didn’t happen so let the investigative work take shape and give us the results of that investigation and give this family answers and closure that they did not get with him.

    • Jaison

      What kills me is that people don’t understand that the officers take a pledge to protect and serve. They know the risks involved in this line of work. If they are so scared of getting injured or dying in order to uphold their pledge that they shoot another human being who, as far as I can tell, wasn’t in a position to wound or kill the officer then I think they shouldn’t be allowed to take said pledge. I always err on the side of the victim because the survivor can say whatever they’d like whereas the dead can’t tell their story. In this case, I think the officer used excessive force and will most likely be protected by the famous blue shield. So unfortunate.

      • Bob

        Being scared isn’t in the mindset of a police officer Jaison. When they issue a lawful command they expect you to obey it. Fail to comply and they will always respond accordingly.

  • Bean Town

    The level of force exerted by police must be consistent with the danger. This story needs more details, what do the police have to hide?

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