Salt Lake County DA: Shooting of Millcreek man justified

Salt Lake County DA: Shooting of Millcreek man justified

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office determined that a county deputy and sergeant were justified in the shooting death of George Huntzinger.

The District Attorney's Office says on Friday, June 26 Huntzinger fired multiple shots from his apartment at 1012 E. Olympus Ridge Cove.

When deputies arrived they could hear shots being fired.

Deputy Damien Gambill and Sgt. Randy Thomas took positions under a carport to monitor Huntzinger standing on a third-story balcony.

At one point Huntzinger left the balcony and reappeared with a shotgun in a stairwell leading to the ground level.

Deputy Gambill ordered Huntzinger to drop his weapon. Instead Huntzinger fired at Gambill. Gambill returned fire. Huntzinger then returned to his apartment and again went out on the balcony.

Once outside Huntzinger pointed his weapon at the deputies on the ground level. Sgt. Thomas then fired a shot, hitting Huntzinger.

The District Attorney ruled the use of deadly force was necessary to "prevent death or serious bodily injury" to the deputies or others.

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