West Valley City, Utah A Patrolman with 3 years on the Police Force was engaged in placing spike strips down in an attempt to stop a vehicle that was stolen and occupied by three people. He was run down by the car thieves.
The incident occurred shortly after 3:00 A.M. near 2200 W 4100 S street. Officers had witnessed the vehicle being stolen and immediately given chase. A set of spike strips were deployed near Redwood Road but did not deter the suspects in the vehicle. It was when the young officer identified as Cody Brotherson, 25, was placing a second strip of spike strips down to stop the suspect vehicle that he was struck by the car.
The entire chase lasted less than a minute before the young officer had been murdered. The three ran once the vehicle had been disabled and were later arrested, apparently without injury. They are under the age of 18. None of the three were identified.
The Unified Police Department is leading the investigation.
Russo said it wasn’t clear if the suspects intentionally hit Brotherson, and he said it was premature to release any information about who they are or what charges they may face.
A news release issued by the department Sunday morning said:
A West Valley City police officer observed a suspicious vehicle stopped in the area of 4100 South Redwood Road. The officer observed three people heading toward the Boulder Pines Apartment Complex located at 1535 W. 4040 South. Officers in the area responded and witnessed the suspects steal a vehicle from the parking lot of the apartment complex.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle and the suspects fled.
Officers initiated a pursuit of the vehicle heading westbound on 4100 South. An attempt was made to spike the vehicle’s tires near 4100 South and Redwood Road, where officers reported the suspect vehicle veering toward them. Approximately 30 seconds later, one of the responding officers called for medical help to assist the officer who had been hit.
Preliminary examination of the scene indicates that the officer who was killed was outside of his vehicle at 2200 West 4100 South, attempting to deploy tire spikes, when he was hit by the suspect vehicle as it fled westbound on 4100 South. A short distance later, the suspect vehicle left the road and came to rest north of the roadway.
Three suspects are in custody. They are being questioned to determine their level of involvement in the incident.
Our hearts are heavy today with the loss of one of our own. Officer Cody Brotherson was killed in the early morning hours of November 6, 2016. Officer Brotherson was responding to a pursuit that was underway. From our first look at the scene, it appears he was attempting to deploy tire spikes when he was hit by the fleeing suspect and killed.
Officer Brotherson was 25 years old and had been with the WVCPD since December of 2013. He was a fine officer who showed passion and integrity in his work and was well liked and respected by all who knew him. His death is a great loss to our department and our entire community.
Officer Brotherson grew up in West Valley City and chose to serve the people of his hometown. He is survived by his parents, two brothers and his fiance. Our deepest sympathies are with Officer Brotherson’s family today.
The death of Officer Brotherson is the first line of duty death for the West Valley City Police Department since the department was formed in 1980.