Police say man shot, killed by deputy had pointed gun at police

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TOOELE COUNTY, Utah -- A 28-year-old man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Stansbury Park, officials said Sunday morning.

At approximately 4 a.m., a sergeant with the Tooele County Sheriff's Office and a Utah Highway Patrol trooper responded to a medical call at Aberdeen Lane and Merion Drive, with the report stating a man had stepped on glass.

As they approached the home, the sergeant and trooper received information that an argument had taken place and that there was a gun inside the residence, said Tooele County Sheriff Frank Park.

When they arrived on scene, Park said they found Nicholas McGehee with a cut foot and officers could see the man was holding a shotgun while arguing with his wife.

Police were able to get the woman out of the area safely. The sergeant retreated to his vehicle when McGehee came back out with a handgun. Park said McGehee did not put the weapon down when asked.

"The deputy told him three times to put the gun down," Park said. "The gentlemen pointed the gun at the deputy, and at that time, the deputy returned fire, by shooting the individual."

The sergeant fired three times. McGehee was pronounced dead on scene.

Neither the sergeant or the trooper were injured.

"You go on a mundane call like a medical -- you know -- going in to help somebody and all of a sudden it turns completely around and now you're facing a gun," Park said. "Spur of the moment things happen like that quite often. Hopefully we train them to react."

Richard Gibson lives nearby, and he said they heard the shots but didn't know what was going on.

“We heard what sounded like three shots, 'boom, boom, boom,'" he said. "We weren’t sure if it was shots or fireworks."

"Task Force Marne commanding general, Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, shakes hands with, Spc. Nicholas McGehee, a native of Sanford, N.C. and “Golden Dragon” Soldier with 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, after pinning him with the military’s oldest award still given to servicemembers, The Purple Heart, during a ceremony on Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Kirkuk, Iraq, Oct. 7."McGehee was shot and killed in an encounter with police in Tooele County on December 28.  Image courtesy Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System.

"Task Force Marne commanding general, Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, shakes hands with, Spc. Nicholas McGehee, a native of Sanford, N.C. and “Golden Dragon” Soldier with 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, after pinning him with the military’s oldest award still given to servicemembers, The Purple Heart, during a ceremony on Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Kirkuk, Iraq, Oct. 7."McGehee was shot and killed in an encounter with police in Tooele County on December 28. Image courtesy Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System.

Gibson tells FOX 13 News that McGehee was a recruiter for the Army and had been awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded overseas. Gibson said McGehee was the one who recruited Gibson's son to serve.

“He’d come over here and thank me for my service," Gibson said. "He knew that I was a veteran, and, like I said, very patriotic. We flew the flag on Veterans Day, and he flew the flag all of the time."

Gibson said the incident makes him feel sad for everyone involved, especially McGehee's wife and family as well as the deputy involved.

“Just shocked really," he said. "It was kind of unbelievable that it happened to somebody this close and somebody you knew. It’s really too bad."

The sergeant, who has been on the force for more than a decade, has been put on paid administrative leave.

The Utah Department of Public Safety State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.

McGehee did not have a prior criminal history with Tooele County.

The sergeant was wearing a body camera but it was not turned on.

The sheriff's office started wearing the cameras a week ago. Officials say the protocol at this point is to not turn them on during a medical call due to their personal nature and due to privacy laws relating to health care.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

61 comments

    • Suzanne

      Seriously Jon?! I find it interesting that so many people like yourself are quick to judge the actions taken by law enforcement officers. You have no idea what police officers must deal with every single day. So easy for everyone to play arm-chair quarterback isn’t it? Get real! Bottom line, if you don’t want to get shot/killed by the police, don’t threaten them with a deadly weapon. And for all who want to bash the police, please don’t ever call one if you’re in a situation where you require help.

      • tom

        What does his wife say about all this, she had a very good view of it all, if you were to believe anyone I would her story.

      • Anon

        Now I am really curious what you’ll have to say about this. I’m sure you will dismiss everything though… until it happens to you. Like the video ask, what are they protecting anyway? “TURF” and you’re on it!

      • ANOTHERBOB

        ANON – I’m betting that after the investigation is completed there is a 100% chance the county attorney will rule this shooting as justifed. Negotiations with a suspect end right about the time they point a firearm at an officer.

  • Anne

    Jon- Absolutely no details have been released. You are so quick to judge, it really says a a lot about the kind of person you are. Condolences to both families involved.

  • Forest from the trees

    Time for Jon to go see his proctologist and have his head pulled out. Seriously, I highly doubt these cops wake up in the morning hoping they get the chance to shoot and kill someone. At the end of the day, if I’m a cop and my life is at risk because of someone being non-compliant, I’m going to make sure I’m the one going home to my family. I’m sure that for 99% of law enforcement, having to use lethal force is the last thing they want. Especially when they know about the scrutiny and headache that most certainly will follow.

      • kodster

        Bob, the article states that Tooele County does have cameras, but they’ve only had them a week. Plus, it says that they didn’t turn the camera on due to medical privacy issues, which are the HIPAA laws. Those same laws that protect your own medical information. They responded to what they thought was a simple medical call, and it turned violent, totally unexpected.

      • Denny

        Hahaha talk about irony. The guy with no reading comprehension skills calls someone “bright boy”. That’s rich.

      • BOB

        Denny – I may not be the brightest light on the tree but I pride myself in being smart enough not to point a weapon at a police officer. Chris Rock explains the fundamentals to those willing to learn from the mistakes of others.

    • Kim G

      Ok David Lee, let’s try this one on for size. You get a call from your daughter, sister or mother. She’s freaking out because of an argument with her husband or boyfriend and needs help because he cut his foot. You go to help out and find out that there is an argument going on. You take her out of the house and he follows you to the door and aims a gun at you. Are you going to just stand there and hope that he doesn’t shoot either one of you or are you going to shoot first? You know what you would do. Why should it be any different for an officer?

    • Suzanne

      Murder citizens? You’re an idiot! Wonder what your response would be if someone pointed a gun at you. Pretty sure you wouldn’t be thinking about turning on a stupid camera!

  • Forest from the trees

    Oh, David Lee, go back to bed. You obviously didn’t get enough sleep due to the stupidity of your comment. Your idiocy could almost be considered the 8th wonder of the world. Someone points a gun at you, what are you gonna do? Oh, that’s right, you’re so blatantly stupid that you’re gonna give the guy with the gun the benefit of the doubt. MURDER!! IT’S MURDER!! When those cops showed up this morning they’d already decided to shoot the guy! That’s why their body camera wasn’t turned on!! Bottom line, body camera on or off, it matters not. The cops didn’t show up to meet their daily quota of killing someone.

  • JEWLZZZ

    David Lee has a lot in common with my neighbor’s mutt. Howls to keep himself occupied, wants people to take him seriously, but runs and hides under the porch when told to stop barking.

      • bob

        Judging from your command of English I’d estimate you’re in the 3rd grade. Does your mother know you’re playing with her laptop?

      • JEWLZZZ

        Innocent people have nothing to fear from the police. Pointing a weapon at an officer however has negative consequences attached.

      • Suzanne

        David Lee, you really should stop now. Your lack of intelligence is shining through. Oh and don’t ever call a cop should you find yourself in a situation where you need help.

    • BOB

      If you’re talking about police body cameras most jurisdictions don’t have them because of cost and privacy issues. Their main advantage is in court where the judge can see exactly the kind of behavior that got the suspect into trouble.

  • BOB

    “Some of us learn from other people’s mistakes and the rest of us have to be other people.” – Quote by Zig Zigler

  • supporting our hero's

    OK so since none of you were actually there why don’t you all stop judging without your facts. I personally know this person and he was a great friend and solider who fought for your freedom and mine so that a cop who was afraid because because of all these cop killers out here could use excessive force shooting this American hero 3 times instead of once to disarm him all because he suffered from PTSD while his wife who loved him very much and thought calling the police would help him. So until you know all the facts why don’t you all just keep your comments to yourself. He did not deserve to die and I agree the cop did his job but the cop was also aware be for he pulled out the gun the he was having a PTSD episode and one shot to disarm was more then enough.

    • miles (dave)

      its easy for me to respect most of what you said here. thank you for being a informed person trying to educate us on the facts. however i do have a concern about your statement that it only takes one shot to disarm someone. to be honest i havent messed much with guns, i go up to the gun range sometimes but ive never been hunting so to be honest i dont know the facts about what a bullet dose to living things after being shot.

      however i do love thought experiments, as far as i can tell depending on where you are shot (most likely the chest) i dont think it will kill you in the time it takes for you to pull the trigger. i also dont think factors like pain and shock would keep someone from pulling the trigger if they wanted to bad enough. this guy dosnt sound like he was hell bent on killing anyone and i dont know much about ptsd but it sounds like it makes someone very unstable and so if someone who is very unstable points a gun at me… id want to give my self the best shot possible to make it out alive. i think multiple shots is best for a few reasons

      1) you need to make sure you hit the target and you dont have enough time to stop and see if you got him
      2)you need to neutralize the threat as fast as you can keep in mind if you dont neutralize it fast enough he pulls the trigger killing you and anyone else in the path of the shot or shots.

      do you know something that i dont to prove your point.

      by the way im not saying this is a happy event or another day in paradise, i didnt know this guy but i do know more than a few vets that i do know sacrificed more than there pay checks are worth.

      however i do think its very important to understand the world and how it really works, and i think it may be a temptation for you and others to look down on the cops for what they did but as far as i can tell i have a few good reasons to believe they did what was best. but if im wrong im hoping you can educate me with facts so i can make a course correction

      • bob

        Being a CCW permit holder I’ve always felt it’s my duty to understand these issues as much as possible, so I’ve made a study of the effectiveness of handguns and defensive ammunition. The reality is that handguns are not the magical dealers of instant death that movies and television suggest they are. Except in the case of a direct hit to the brain or spinal cord, which is highly unlikely (the skull effectively deflects all but the most perfect of shots) the target is left with at least several seconds to retaliate.

        The definition of a “one shot stop” is a hit that buys you THREE SECONDS to plan your next move before the person you hit shoots back. Even a direct hit to the heart leaves a few seconds for the mortally wounded target to shoot back. Even more if a lot of adrenaline is involved, as tends to be the case.

        There is no such thing as “one shot to disarm”, or “shooting them in the leg”, or any other such nonsense. The best trained and skilled handgun fighters will all tell you that if you have to shoot you aim for the center of mass and keep firing until the target is down. Then you plan your next move, which should be getting behind cover if at all possible.

        This man planned to be shot to death. It’s what he wanted. The officer had no choice. I do not require a poor flatfoot making $40K a year to stand there and do nothing while someone walks toward him with a gun raised. That’s absurd. I wouldn’t do it, and neither would anyone else in their right mind.

        The poor guy snapped. It’s that simple. It happens to our vets far too often. Instead of this absurd rhetoric about “killer cops” we SHOULD be questioning why the government isn’t taking care of vets properly. This shouldn’t be happening anymore. We should know better by now. By the time a cop gets involved, as happened today, WE have already failed.

    • bob

      You are clearly not a combat vet yourself if you believe in the myth of “shoot to disarm.” That’s not how the real world works. You watch too much TV.

    • ANOTHERBOB

      In the Utah Police Academy they are taught the Mozambique Drill which is two rounds to the body and a third round to the head if required. They don’t shot to “disarm” they shoot to “stop the aggressive behavior”.
      The trick to shooting to disarm is to get the suspect to hold still long enough for the officer to take a slow measured aim.

    • supporting our hero's

      Personally this whole report is what reporters and police want you to believe. I support America’s hero’s and for the most part our police force but in this case the cop reacted in hast. The wife who was there has already filed against the county for wrongful death he never aimed to gun at the officer and even said he was not going to harm anyone he was calming down and the officer reacted before he had the chance to put the weapon down. Don’t believe everything the media says because they just want a juice story this person was a great friend and wonderful happy person who would never harm anyone his wife must now go deal with this on her own and that is not an easy thing to do. The cop assumed they were fighting and that he was a threat he was not a threat and they were not fighting things are not always as they appear and because of that this amazing person who will be missed terribly lost his life.

      • BOB

        There will be a complete and thorough review of this incident by the authorities. Unless and untill it is proven that the officer lied about what happened the vast majority of decent law abiding citizens will support the officer in his use of deadly force.
        The suspect wasn’t shot for holding a firearm …. he was shot AFTER pointing it at the officer.

    • SPOONY G

      YOU ARE WRONG LADY. THIS COP DID NOT DO HIS JOB. UNLESS YOU CALL TERRORIZING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HIS JOB. THIS MANIAC COP IS LYING TO COVER HIS SORRY BEHIND. THIS MAN THAT GOT SHOT WAS UNARMED AND THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT. MOST OF THESE COPS ARE MENTALLY ILL.

      • BOB

        Yes Spoony G – Most cops are mentally ill and they all want to get you when you aren’t looking. Better hide when they can’t find you. (Sarcasm for folks who really are mentally ill.)

  • Mike

    It is a sad day for me & the other many friends/family that Nick has. He will be missed & his memory cherished by us all; Remembering a good man, great friend, and dedicated, patriotic veteran & comrade! Prayers going out to his wonderful wife & family. – Simply can not imagine how this might have happened. No idea what could have happened here… ? !

    • bob

      He suffered in silence for a long time. We are not doing enough for our combat vets. We are certainly not doing enough to erase the stigma of “seeking help.”

      My condolences for your loss. And I feel for the cop, too, which certainly did not think this is how his day would go. Nick sounds like the sort of guy that officer would probably respect and honor, which is no doubt making this an even more bitter pill to swallow.

      We need to stop up our game if we’re going to keep sending guys off to fight wars for us.

  • Nathan2B

    It appears that police Need more training when it comes to dealing with someone that has PTSD. I do realize that the officer faced a life or death situation, But as we have all seen and heard People in the middle of an Attack of PTSD are seldom in the right frame of mind to make rational decisions. Maybe a Taser would have been a better way to go. The Fellow killed was a HERO and Purple heart recipient. My heart goes out to the Family and to the Officer.

    • BOB

      NATHAN2B – A taser is a lot like a knife in that you wouldn’t bring either one to a gun fight. Using deadly force certainly wasn’t an option this officer wanted …. but it was the only option.

      • linda shelton

        To the person who said…”If you’re innocent, you have nothing to fear”…you are kidding, right? Countless innocent people are being killed. And dont forget, that was true for Jews in Germany too! Get it???

      • BOB

        LINDA SHELTON – Are you referring to Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride who was gunned down by Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui, a career criminal?

    • SPOONY G

      WHY WOULD YOUR HEART GO OUT TO THE OFFICER WHO MURDERED THIS MAN. YOUR STATEMENT MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE.

      • BOB

        It takes a pure fool to think the police won’t respond in an appropriate manner when a suspect points a gun at them. You’re not a pure fool are you Spoony G?

  • James

    I’d kinda say there was restraint shown, if he had a shotgun in hand when the police arrived, and they didn’t shoot him….not until he retrieved a handgun and allegedly aimed it at officers? This sounds horribly like a case of suicide by cop. At any rate, a sad day for all involved.

  • BOB

    SUPPORTING OUR HERO’S – The grand jury investigating the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, MO. was able to separate fact from fiction, which is why they ruled in that officer’s favor. Decent people support our heros, and we also support our police officers. I rather doubt your claim that the widow “has already filed against the county for wrongful death”.

    • SPOONY G

      YOU ARE A LIAR BOB. THE ST LOUIS COUNTY PROSECUTOR HAS ALREADY ADMITTED THAT HE KNOWINGLY PRESENTED FALSE EVIDENCE TO THE GRAND JURY. I HAVE MY DOUBTS AS TO WHETHER A GRAND JURY WAS EVEN SEATED IN THE BROWN OR GARNER CASES.

      THOSE 7 SO CALLED EYEWITNESSES THAT CLAIM TO SUPPORT THE COPS STORY DO NOT EXIST AND THEY NEVER EXISTED. THIS WAS MADE UP EVIDENCE TO GET THIS DEMON COP DARREN WILSON OFF THE HOOK.

      YOU TALK ABOUT FACTS AND FICTION.

      THE FACTS ARE:
      MIKE BROWN WAS NEVER IN THE POLICE VEHICLE.
      MIKE BROWN NEVER TRIED TO TAKE THE COPS GUN.
      MIKE BROWN NEVER CHARGED AT THE COP.
      MIKE BROWN NEVER ATTACKED THE COP.
      MIKE BROWN HAD HIS HANDS IN THE AIR SURRENDERING TO THE MANIAC COP.

      MANIAC COP DARREN WILSON TOLD BOLD FACE LIES TO COVER HIS SORRY BEHIND.

      STOP LYING BOB. EVERYONE ALREADY KNOWS THAT YOU ARE A COP AND A TROLL.

      • BOB

        No need to blow a gasket like some mental deficient Spoony C. The Grand Jury in Fergeson, MO reviewed all the evidence, decided who was lying and who was telling the truth and ruled accordingly. Meantime you’d better hide under your bed cause the cops are coming to get you for sure.

  • GL

    Do you think at some point he should have turned on the body cam? Maybe when he claims he heard an argument, or when claims he saw a shotgun, or when he claims he retreated behind his vehicle? The body cam is for all parties involved, TURN THEM ON!

    • ANOTHERBOB

      The story says “Officials say the protocol at this point is to not turn them on during a medical call due to their personal nature and due to privacy laws relating to health care”. When the officer saw the suspect holding a shotgun and then later holding a handgun do you think he was concentrating on turning a new camera on or in focusing on the threat?

  • ANOTHERBOB

    ANON – The video by Chris Rock on how to behave trumps your video of rogue cops. Cops are like everybody eles in that some of them end up in prison.

  • SPOONY G

    YOU PEOPLE CONTINUE TO BE STUPID. YOU ARE BETTER OFF CALLING JASON VOORHIES OR MICHAEL MYERS TO YOUR HOUSE THAN THESE MENTALLY ILL DEMONS. THEY HAVE NO THOUGHT PROCESS. I AM 100% CERTAIN THAT THE POLICE OFFICER IS LYING..
    IF A 47 YEAR OLD DIVORCED WOMAN CALLS 9-11/THE POLICE BECAUSE HER 16 YEAR OLD SON IS ACTING A FOOL IN THE HOUSE, ALL THE POLICE ARE GOING TO DO IS COME OVER AND KILL THE 16 YEAR OLD BOY OR AT A MINIMUM THERE WILL BE A SCUFFLE AND THE 16 YEAR OLD WILL BE CHARGED WITH ASSAULT. MORE THAN LIKELY HE WILL BE KILLED BY THE POLICE-(OK PROBLEM SOLVED LETS GO BACK TO THE DONUT SHOP).YOU PEOPLE OUT THERE BETTER STOP ACTING STUPID. ALL OF THESE POLICE ARE MENTALLY ILL PSYCOPATHIC DEMONS RUNNING AROUND TERRORIZING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    THE POLICE ARE NOT JUST KILLING UNARMED INNOCENT BLACKS, THEY ARE KILLING UNARMED INNOCENT WHITE PEOPLE-(WITH A VENGEANCE) AS WELL:

    SAMANTHA RAMSEY-19 YRS OLD-HEBRON KENTUCKY
    ROBERT SAYLOR-26 YRS OLD-NEW MARKET MARYLAND-THIS MAN HAD DOWN SYNDROME
    JASON CONOSCENTI-36 YRS OLD-LONG BEACH CALIFORNIA
    JOHN GEER-46-SPRINGFIELD VIRGINIA
    PATRICIA COOK-54-CULPEPER VIRGINIA-SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER
    DAVID HOOKS-MIDDLE AGED-EAST DUBLIN GEORGIA

    THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. THE POLICE IN AMERICA ARE TOTALLY OUT OF CONTROL. I AS A BLACK MAN THINK THIS IS MORE MENTAL ILLNESS THAN RACISM. BLACK PEOPLE AND WHITE PEOPLE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND PUT A STOP TO THE MANIAC COPS TERRORIZING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    MY QUESTION IS WHY IS IT THAT WITH ALL OF THESE COLLEGE GRADUATES OUT HERE WHO CAN’T FIND WORK, WHY WILL THEY NOT JOIN THE POLICE FORCES INSTEAD OF THESE MENTALLY ILL MINDLESS BARBARIANS WHO ARE ON PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS COMING BACK FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN WITH SOME OBVIOUS MENTAL PROBLEMS.

    • BOB

      “Shouting” is the term for mental whack jobs who type their comments all in capital letters. No one takes them seriously. You aren’t a whack job are you Spoony G?

  • BOB

    Spoony G – The grand jury ruled that the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. was justified. Don’t like it?
    Tough. This shooting in Tooele County will also be ruled as justified. Again, if you don’t like it tough.

  • Zachary G.

    I am an Army veteran who personally served with Nicholas Mcgehee while he was in B. Co. 1-14 IN at Schofield Barracks. I have to say that he was the kindest, most respectable man and I cannot even fathom that he would do such a thing that is described in this article. I am not saying that the police murdered him although I will not agree at all with this story knowing the man personally and serving beside him. It seems to me and I would like to believe that this was a giant misunderstanding and a great man and soldier died as a result! Rest in peace brother, until we meet again! “Golden Dragon”

  • katie

    where are the weapons this veteran was supposedly aiming. nobody ever said such weapons were discovered at the scene. where are these guns. until that it is reported that a shot gun and hand gun were found i would dismiss this as the police have not provided sufficient evidence that they had a justified right to use lethal force. show me the weapons! they could have reported that yes this man owned these types of weapons and that they were found at the scene. the hand gun should have been in hand and the shot gun not to far. where are the weapons in question?

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