COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — Police body camera footage released Wednesday shows the moments following the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old Cottonwood Heights man in May.

In the 11-minute video released Wednesday, the officer rushes up to the scene of a man facedown on the ground, handcuffed. A half-dozen officers are shown recovering a gun from the waistband of Zane Anthony James, who was suspected in armed robberies of two Sandy grocery stores.

Police then rip open James’ jacket, exposing a gunshot wound to his left shoulder, and begin applying tourniquets. Blood can be seen on the left knee and right thigh of his pants, indicating he also was shot in the leg.

As they render aid, several officers ask James for his name and urge him to “stay with us” and “just breathe.”

After they turn James over, he nods slightly when asked if he needs water.

One officer asks, “How many shots did you fire?”

“Three or four,” another replies.

James died of his injuries two days later.

No video was recorded of the officer, who was on his way to work, firing at James after police say he fled on a dirt bike and then on foot the morning of May 29.

Cottonwood Heights Police Lt. Dan Bartlett revealed Wednesday one other officer was present at the time of the shooting. No additional information about what led up to the shooting was released.

Warning: The following video, which has been edited by Cottonwood Heights Police Department, contains graphic and potentially disturbing content.

Officers were changing shifts at the time of the early morning shooting, and just one officer arrived with a camera at the scene in the neighborhood near 6675 S. 2200 East. Cottonwood Heights police turn in their cameras at the end of their shifts in order to charge them and upload footage, he said.

“I wish we could plan for everything and be able to say we had a bulletproof plan. We don’t. It’s unfortunate it happened at this time in the morning,” Bartlett said, when asked if the department was considering changing its protocol.

Salt Lake District Attorney Sim Gill said Wednesday he had received the Salt Lake Police Department’s investigation of the shooting. Gill declined to give a timeline on his review of the probe, saying he also is weighing whether to bring charges in other officer-involved shootings.

The faces of those in the video were blurred prior to its release.

Bartlett said “we feel it’s appropriate” to obscure …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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Video captures moments after fatal Cottonwood Heights police shooting

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