ROCKFORD – WARNING: This story contains graphic video of a shooting death. It was distributed to show that a security guard’s actions in use of deadly force were justified. Viewer discretion is advised.
The Metro Security Officer who shot and killed an armed bank robber after the robber pointed a gun and fired at him will not be charged in the shooting. The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s office has determined the use of deadly force was justified given the life-threatening danger the bank robber presented.
34-year-old Laurence Turner entered the bank on North Mulford Road in the late afternoon of January 20th and fired a shot into the ceiling. Video shows him shooting once into the air, and that’s when security officer Brian Harrison and Turner exchange gunfire before Turner then attempts to flee, collapsing from his wounds in the doorway. He died at the scene. Turner is also suspected of other bank robberies in the area, two of which involved gunshots into the ceiling of the bank.
While a back bedroom was completely engulfed in flames, Boyce Thompson found the owner’s 26 year old granddaughter laying just inside the front door.
“It looked like before she passed out she had opened the door and just flopped down on the ground,” Thompson told ABC4 Utah News. “She had black all over the mouth from the smoke inhalation.”
Thompson, a security guard from nearby Taylorsville, dragged her out to the front yard.
“There was no breathing, no pulse,” Thompson said. “I thought she was gone.”
But Thompson had just completed his employer’s annual CPR course two weeks ago and decided to start chest compressions.
“I just immediately started compressions and then rescue breaths and then more compressions and then she finally came back for a second,” Thompson said. “She let out a big, loud gasp which scared me but it was good. I kept trying to keep her going but then her breathing stopped. Her heart stopped and I had to keep going.”
Thompson says he revived her three separate times.
“Finally the fire department EMTs came and that’s when I got her goin’,” Thompson said. “She was actually taking breaths afterwards not just gasps.”
Even though Thompson breathed life back into the woman and restarted her heart, he says he doesn’t deserve any special recognition.
“I’m not a hero. No,” he said. “That girl would have been yanked out. Somebody else would have given her CPR. It would have happened. There were other people there that knew CPR. I just happened to be the guy that did it.”
According to family members, the woman was being treated for smoke inhalation at a hospital and was showing signs of improvement.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) Friends, family and colleagues came together to say goodbye to Unified Police Officer Jon Richey Saturday afternoon.
The services where held at Olympus High School and attended by agencies from all over Utah as well as hundreds of people paying their respects.
Unified Police Officer Jon Richey, 52, was remembered for his humor and great acts of kindness., a hero police officer after being shot in the line of duty during a foot pursuit with a convicted felon in January 2016.
.Richey joined the Police Explorers at age 14 and was hired as a bank security guard at 17. Two years later, he became the youngest police officer in Utah when he joined the West Jordan PD at 19 years old.
In 1988 he joined the Salt Lake City Police Department where he worked for nearly 20 years as a Detective Sergeant and K9 Trainer, developing the SLC Police Dogs into one of the top K9 units in the country and winning several competitions.
In August of 2002, he encountered Brian David Mitchell and kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart at the Salt Lake City Library but Smart”s face was covered by a veil and she did not alert him that anything was wrong.
After 7 more months of captivity and sexual assaults Smart was found in March of 2003. Officer Richey testified at Mitchell”s trial.
He retired from the SLCPD in 2007 to go to work for the Salt Lake Unified Police Department as a K9 trainer and bloodhound handler, tracking down suspects with his partner Molly. He was working a patrol shift on Sunday January 17, when he was wounded in the shootout with Corey Lee Henderson.
Richey was found deceased in his home on Saturday January 11, and Unified Police has said no foul play is expected.
Richey was nationally known and recognized as a hero after a shooting on January 17 that left Richey injured, and killed his colleague Officer Doug Barney.
No further details on Richey’s death are known at this time