West Valley City police ID DUI suspect shot, killed by officer in City Hall, share OICI details

An officer involved critical incident is under investigation after a veteran West Valley City Police officer fatally shot DUI suspect Michael Breinholt (inset) the DUI processing room in City Hall late Friday night, Aug. 23, 2019. Photo: Salt Lake County; Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Aug. 24, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials from the West Valley City Police Department have released the name of a man fatally shot Friday by a WVCPD officer, and have shared additional details about events of that evening.

The man killed by the West Valley City Police officer was Chad Michael Breinholt, who turned 31 this month.

West Valley City Police were called to a business in the area of 2900 S. Redwood Road after Breinholt, reportedly the boyfriend of a business employee, was said to be intoxicated and causing problems, the WVCPD statement says.

Police arrived at about 7 p.m. Friday.

“Officers responded and contacted Mr. Breinholt in front of the business,” a newly released WVCPD statement says.

“Officers determined that there was evidence that Breinholt was under the influence and that he had been driving a vehicle while intoxicated.”

An officer involved critical incident is under investigation after a veteran West Valley City Police officer fatally shot a DUI suspect in the DUI processing room in City Hall late Friday night, Aug. 23, 2019. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

At about 7:40 p.m., Breinholt was taken into custody and transported to the WVCPD DUI processing room, located in the basement of West Valley’s City Hall building, at 3600 Constitution Blvd.

“During the course of the processing, an altercation occurred and an officer fired his weapon, striking Mr. Breinholt,” the WVCPD statement says. “Medical assistance was called, however, Mr. Breinholt was deceased.”

The WVCPD is following established OICI protocol, the statement says. That includes putting the involved officer on administrative leave pending the result of an independent investigation, to be conducted by another law enforcement agency. The Salt Lake City Police Department will do that investigation, the statement says.

The West Valley City Police Department said body camera video is believed to exist, and will be released at a future date.

Read the full statement below.

Source: West Valley City Police Department

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