Utah County authorities identify deputy who fatally shot knife-wielding suspect

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UTAH COUNTY — The Utah County Sheriff’s Office has identified a deputy who fatally shot a suspect April 30 as Sean Peterson, who has been with the department in various capacities since 2005.

Peterson shot and killed Daniel Mark Bess, 33 of Lake Shore, after the man allegedly charged at him while holding a knife. Peterson was in the area searching for Bess, who was wanted on several warrants.

According to a press release, Peterson started working with Utah County Sheriff’s Office in 2005 as a volunteer member of search and rescue. He was hired as a corrections specialist in 2007, and in 2011 he was promoted and assigned a position as a deputy in the patrol division.

Bess’ father spoke to FOX 13 News after the incident, saying he was aware of his son’s criminal history but found it surprising he allegedly charged at the deputy, saying his son wasn’t a violent person.