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Video: Sex Offender Attempts Suicide by Cop In Station

July 17, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Sex Offender Attempts Suicide by Cop In Station

The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office has cleared a West Valley City (Utah) Police sergeant who shot and wounded a sex offender after he pointed a Ruger pistol at agency personnel in the station lobby in April.

Sgt. Jeff Conger was authorized to use deadly force, D.A. Sim Gill wrote in a letter to Chief Anita Schwemmer. As it turned out, police took the suspect into custody without needing to use deadly force.

The incident began at 8:30 a.m. April 29, when James Ramsey Kammeyer, 39, walked into the station's lobby and asked Officer Scott Arnold, who was working the front desk, to come out behind an enclosed area to speak with him.

Kammeyer was acting fidgety and nervous, Arnold told investigators. Kammeyer also said he needed to speak with Arnold "in private." Officer Arnold and a civilian records clerk then called several veteran officers for assistance. When those officers arrived, Kammeyer pointed gun a Ruger pistol at them.

Sgt. Conger and Sgt. Chad Evans then opened a door leading to the lobby from a stairwell and saw Kammeyer pointing the pistol at him. Through a crack in the door, Sgt. Conger fired several shots, striking Kammeyer in the arm. Other officers took Kammeyer into custody after he fell. Investigators later learned that the Ruger was unloaded.

Kammeyer's wife told investigators he wanted someone to kill him "because he didn't have the guts to do it himself," reports the Salt Lake City Tribune.

He is facing third-degree felonies of threat of terrorism, three counts of aggravated assault and use of a firearm by a restricted person. He also has been charged federally with possessing child pornography.

Several video surveillance cameras in the station captured the encounter; the agency released a 51-minute clip that ends before the officer-involved shooting.

Tags: Sex Offenders, Suicide by Cop, Stations

Comments (3)

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dustin @ 7/18/2013 6:54 PM

This article is not well written at all. The officers did (justifiably) use deadly force. Yes they didn't kill him but thats because unfortunately their aim was off. Therefore that line about "as it turns out, they didn't have to use deadly force" is absurd. They shot at him several times. Is that not deadly force?

Duane Webb @ 7/18/2013 9:50 PM

The Department Personnel should be commmended for not taking advantage of the "authorized force" provision like some thrill-killers do. Officer Conger and the other Officers were able to avoid killing this poor man and resolving the situation without another unnecessary death in the U.S. - such professional qualities and characteristics are rarely seen these days - but no doubt uphold the honor of the profession.

Duane Webb @ 7/18/2013 9:56 PM

Dustin the article is sufficient to report the facts. Maybe we could find a criminal viglante hack to upload porn (plant evidence) to a PC at your static IP address and see how you react...?

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