Family of Utah man shot dead ‘from behind’ by police call for federal inquiry


Susan Hunt (left), the mother of Darrien Hunt, is hugged by her sister, after lawyers for the family called for authorities to investigate the shooting. Photograph: Rick Bowmer/AP

The police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old black man in Utah, whose family’s lawyers say was shot while running away, have been identified as corporal Matthew Schauerhamer and officer Nicholas Judson.

Two sources familiar with the investigation into Darrien Hunt’s death confirmed the involvement of Schauerhamer to the Guardian on Friday. A press release from Saratoga Springs police department later confirmed that Judson was the second officer involved.

In a statement, the department said it wished to “express our sympathies to all parties involved in the officer involved shooting of Darrien Hunt”. It added: “Our condolences go out to Mr Hunt’s family during this difficult time as they have lost a family member.”

The police department said that it had “confidence in its officers and the training they receive”. Schauerhamer and Judson have both been placed on paid leave while the shooting is investigated. Both are now due to have been interviewed.

Written by Jon Swaine
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