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Northern Utah man shot 9 times by police, warrant states

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Apr 14th, 2019 @ 5:34pm

HARRISVILLE, Weber County — A 28-year-old man who was shot by Harrisville police after allegedly refusing to drop two knives he was holding was shot nine times, according to a search warrant affidavit.

On March 23, officers from Harrisville, Pleasant View and North Ogden police responded to a domestic violence call at 2510 N. Charleston Ave. According to a search warrant filed in 2nd District Court and body camera video from an officer recently released by Harrisville police, the first arriving officers found the front door slightly ajar and noted it appeared to be damaged.

When the officers opened the door, a knife was visible on the floor. The officers then called out to see if anyone was inside, according to the video.

After a few moments, Jamal Samuel Bell comes out from a hallway holding a knife in each hand and begins walking toward the officers. The officers are seen in the video using a Taser, which does not work. An officer then warns Bell several times that he will shoot him if he doesn't drop the knives and continues to advance on the officers.

Three officers fired at least 15 shots in quick succession, according to police. The newly unsealed search warrant affidavit states "Jamal had received at least nine gunshot wounds in and around his body.”

"These wounds were to, but are not limited to: the left arm and hand, upper and lower abdomen, right upper and lower leg, and right foot," the warrant states.

As of Sunday, Bell, who at last word was still in the hospital, had not been charged.

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