Family of police shooting victim says he was unarmed

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Friends and family members of 20-year-old Dillon Taylor say he was unarmed when he was shot and killed by a Salt Lake City police officer Monday night.

Officers were responding to a 911 call near a convenience store in  South Salt Lake when they saw Taylor, who they said fit the description for a suspect they believed was carrying a gun. He kept walking when they confronted him, then officers said the 20-year-old reached toward his waist before they fatally shot him.

Salt Lake District Attorney Sim Gill said that for an ongoing investigation, it's important to withhold judgment until all the facts can be reviewed.

"All the responding agencies responded in a very professional manner, they're trying to gather that information and to read into anything I think would be inappropriate . . . people just need to let the process go forward and I think we need to not speculate," Gill said.

Taylor was wanted for a felony arrest warrant at the time of the shooting. Three officers are currently on administrative leave.

There are conflicting accounts of what happened Monday evening. The Salt Lake County District Attorney's office said they need to conduct further investigation before making more comments on the case.

 

15 comments

  • C'MON PEOPLE

    HMMM..

    Witnesses seen him with something matching the description of a gun before police arrive.

    He was also wanted on a felony arrest warrant?

    Also, making crazy posts on facebook?

    Sounds to me like this man was a danger to the community based on his fb posts and his felony arrest warrants shows his lack of respect for the law let alone him walking away from police and reaching for his waist.

    Another noncontributing being to society off the streets.

    Good riddance.

    • jewlzzz

      Why don’t you follow your IQ and plummet to your demise you walking talking smelly rectum?
      Unlike your worthless hide this kid was loved but had problems, no one deserves to be gunned down unarmed. Except maybe your stupid mouth…..

      • WAH WAH WAH .. C'MON JEWLZZZ

        Wah Wah Wah..

        Problems or not.. still doesn’t change the fact the he was wanted for a felony arrest warrant and he did EVERYTHING BUT comply with officers when they were investigating a firearm call.

        it’s common sense to comply with police until they are done with their investigation, then you’d be on your way.

        It is not common sense to ignore police requests and REACH for your WAIST when requested not to.

        PLUS.. individuals witnessed with something that fit the description of a firearm.

        My worthless hide? I don’t have a felony warrant, I don’t wave guns around, I don’t post crazy things on facebook, and I comply with officers ESPECIALLY with guns pointed at me.

        The two persons he was with complied, they didn’t have felony warrants, they weren’t witnessed with an object that fit the description of a firearm, they didn’t get shot and are still alive today.

        @JEWLZZZ

        Hey, you lost your IQ.. might wanna go find it.

      • A-Hole

        He was another loser that did not want to listen to authority and paid the price… It really is not that hard to just listen to police officers. Stop defending the stupid!

  • jewlzzz

    so you sagging testy saks are all perfect right? He was 20 years old. 20. All I can do is PRAY that karma visits you all by visiting the the things you love the most and murdering them all in your presence. I’ll tell you what rectal breathers, give your addresses and I’ll call in a report that your waving a gun and firing. How about we make sure your kids are in your back yard with plastic guns first though K?

    • C'MON JEWLZZZ

      What does his age have to do with it??

      There are kids way younger serving time for crimes. His age shouldn’t make a difference.

      He said on fb that he would rather die than be locked up in a cell for whatever the felony arrest warrant was for.

      This case here is no doubt SUICIDIE BY COP.

      It’s common sense, connect the dots, C’MON JEWLZZZ

  • C'MON PEOPLE

    Dillon Taylor, was witnessed waving around an object that fit the description of a gun.

    Witness call the police.

    The police arrive to investigate the firearm call.

    The police see the three individuals and order them to stop.

    Dillon Taylor; Unlike the other two, ignored the police officers (interfering with their investigation) and then reached for his waist (Who knows why but if you have guns pointed at you and are ordered to stop, the last thing ANYONE would do is reach for their waist).

    Dillon Taylor, had a felony arrest warrant

    Dillon Taylor, posted to facebook that he would rather die than be locked up in a cell for the felony warrant.

    Dillon Taylor, chose to act like he had a gun and wave whatever object he had around.

    Dillon Taylor, chose to ignore police officers.

    Dillon Taylor, chose to reach for his waist rather than comply with the officers.

    Dillon Taylor; if he did have headphones in, he was still with two other people. You mean to tell me that Dillon Taylor did not see the two people he was with stop for the police, who had all the surrounded with guns drawn? If so, then you are delusional.

    Dillon Taylor, by his own decisions, is now dead..

    Suicide By Cop.

  • educated and wealthy

    People make mistakes. I accept that in society. We are fallible. What I will not accept is this notion that complying blindly with “authority” has a benefit on society. I would imagine I would be dead too if I was walking out of that seven eleven at that same time because I too would not have responded the way the cops wanted me too. Lets face it, no one would have. You scuba who say you would know what to do in that situation are either a) someone who has been in that situation yourslf which makes me question your opinion anyway… or b) you haven’t had a gun waved in your fave but somehow you feel its “common sense” to know what to do.

    Anyway, my real message is this, people will have warrants, enemies, friends, fiances, family, jobs, sicknesses, perversions, etc…. life is a journey filled with experiences and we all have some we are proud of and some we are not that have probably taught us something. At the end of the day, the only behavior ive ever encountered in a person that strikes fear in me is still, and always will be, the behavior of judging others.

    I read these comments and every so often you can see who the worst people in america are by simply finding the ones who point their finger at one side or the other. The ones that say “he shoulda…. he coulda….”. It is you who are the real danger in our world. It is that behavior that lets educators know you are unreachable. You will always be your own impediment to your growth and developement.

  • jam

    Police officers are here to protect & serve us that’s what we pay them to do! Their job is dangerous and they put their life on the line everyday. The problem is lack of respect for the police while trying to do their job. If a police officer stops you all u have to do is comply bc they are stopping u for reasons unknown to u but they know they are looking for a dangerous person. Only guilty people want to ignore police or try to run! An innocent person would comply with the police and find out what’s going on. Police say stop put your hands on your head and walk backwards, you best believe I’m going to do as directed bc they are looking for someone who is a threat to the public .

    • jam

      Police officers have families they want to return home too, they shouldn’t have to wait to be shot and injured or killed before they can protect themselves without public prosecution! Who are we to tell them when they can protect their life!!!

  • dave a

    The Police have a dangerous job, dealing with the crackheads and the plain Nutjobs! If I have a weapon drawn on me I would comply and not reach for anything except the sky!!!

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