Salt Lake County Sheriff’s deputies shot in altercation with fugitive

The extraordinary risk assumed by America’s law enforcement officers on a daily basis was again brought into stark relief by a harrowing incident in Utah that occurred over the weekend.

The Washington Examiner reports that two sheriff’s deputies sustained gunshot wounds on Saturday morning while patrolling the area near the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s office in a bizarre encounter with a man later revealed to be a fugitive from the law.

The incident began to unfold around 10:30 a.m. when the two deputies approached an individual who was resting on a grassy area near the office building and the man in question began shooting. One of the deputies was hit in the face, the other in the eye, and in the ensuing melee, the assailant was fatally wounded in “an exchange of gunfire,” according to the Examiner.

Local CBS affiliate KUTV reported that the injured deputies, Joshua Buerke and Leland Grossett, are both expected to survive, though Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera stated, “We’re just fortunate they weren’t killed,” and that “they have a lot to go through,” the Examiner further noted.

The identity of the now-deceased suspect in the incident was subsequently revealed as that of 31-year-old Joshua Johnson, and court records indicate that he was a fugitive from justice at the time of his demise.

According to a report obtained by KUTV, corrections agents from Utah Adult Probation and Parole said that the suspect had departed a residential treatment program without prior permission and “against clinical advice,” a violation of the terms of probation he had received as the result of a series of drug arrests spanning recent years.

During a press conference on Saturday, Sheriff Rivera asked the community to keep the injured law enforcement officers in their thoughts as they continue the process of recovery, also asking “that the public and media respect the privacy of our deputies and their families during this difficult time,” as Salt Lake City NBC affiliate ABC4 noted.

Surely echoing the sentiments of many around the country, Rivera also observed that “the job of law enforcement is becoming more and more dangerous,” adding that she is “grateful to have deputies like these who are willing to put their lives on the line in the name of public safety.”

In light of the ever-escalating attacks on the integrity of America’s law enforcement officers from activists on the left, Rivera’s words are indeed well-taken and are a stark reminder of the debt of gratitude we all owe to those who protect and serve on a daily basis.

47 Responses

  1. Price to pay for freeing felons right or from other state into Utah
    Bad scene.
    Bad for cops nationwide


      1. Now we cant blame the oppressed black criminal, it his right to isobey a policemans orders,, he; right , cops are ALWAYS wrong… just ask them

    2. You hit the nail on the head. I’m surprised we still have police officers. God Bless them each time they dress for work.

      1. IF you know ANYONE who voted for a DEM, you should tell them exactly how you feel about their patriotism !

        1. What Patriotism? They have none and support TRAITORS. They like their leaders hate freedom and America.

    3. Prayers for those brave Police Officers and their families. They need to be appreciated and thanked for their service. But most all backed by the people and our government. This Country for much to long have allowed rioters and thugs to attacked our country and blame the police because of how they may handle criminal. When in fact there are more blacks killing blacks in this country. And when things go down…who do they call…???? The Police. They respond to the dangers that are put before them. My point is…we need to get tough on crime…Re-enact the Death Penalty with NO appeals, You do the crime you do the Time. Build more Prisons and lock them up. If the Government wants free labor …well there you go…Teach those criminals how to work,,,, There are NO free rides in this country…

  2. If the idiots keep defunding the police there won’t be many left to defend us against mad men criminals. We will be forced to arm ourselves and defend ourselves.

    1. The Biden / Harris hair brain idea means taking our guns or better yet Ammo so we can’t protect ourselves and family. Make sure Ammo is in amble supply for criminals and remind the US Vice President that she is still responsible for posting bail just like before.

      1. Biden is the stupidest ignorant ever to be president of our beloved United States
        ..impeach… he is no good!

        1. He is certainly a mental midget, he will never be my president. If you do the duck test, he comes up a fool every time.

          1. Not my president either. TRUMP IS STILL THE PRESIDENT AND WE KNOW IT🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

    2. Brother if you don’t already have that attitude your going backwards. I support the police but I sure as hell am not in any danger of calling them first. I will defend me, my family, and my neighbor way before I call the police. Nobody said it’s their responsibility to die trying to protect me. I don’t ask that of them. I won’t and would never ask them to do that. I’m a big boy and suggest the rest of this country reach down between their legs and find those balls God gave them. I’m not sayingbtake the law into your own hands. But remember those men and women have families too. They would like to go home to them as well and dying for something I’m capable of doing myself is shameful. And your a fool if you think other wise. Shane on you if you think differently. Shame on you.

  3. We have to defund biden,pelosi,schomer,and the rest of Dems!
    These people think there above the law. So let’s get them out
    And restore law and order,and everything else!..,.

  4. Being a retired police officer and Chief of Police I can only say thank God for these men and all the other Police Officers that continue to put there lives on the line to protect all people even those that call for their defunding. With out them your lives would not be worth a two bits. For those who call for the removal of police from our streets may they rot in hell.

    1. Amen 44magman!! I brought my local police station 2 containers of home bake ginger snap cookies to show my support on my lunch break today!


  6. well police are still being shot while others stand by and watch, we need to take a close look at what the democrats want to do to police

  7. this is biden and harris american and this what the dems want. they even started a bail fund to free these killers and let them roam the streets and take out on the innocent

  8. These law breakers have criminal histories let the police do their job. Hey get a better poster child I for one am not sympathetic.

  9. I pray for the deputies who were shot and thank God every day that there are people who willingly stand up for law and order. The latest shooting in MN is sparking more rioting and looting and for once, Biden has condemned it. The policewoman who did the shooting accidentally pulled her gun instead of her taser. There would have been no need to pull either had the criminal not attempted to flee, endangering the lives of everyone on the road nearby. Accidents do happen and I would give the benefit of the doubt to the officer who was a long standing member of the department.

    1. Well said, Ken! If police officers were given the authority to shoot if they meet resistance, I’m sure there would be less of that crap! The damn criminals have more rights than anyone else! Police risk their lives to arrest them and then idiot bleeding heart liberals want to release them right away so they can prey on innocent victims again. Then they want to take our guns so we can’t defend ourselves after they’ve tied the hands of law enforcement!

  10. Wow I know I’m right, more and more when nazi gestapo google keeps erasing my free speech…
    Nazi dems are scared of patriots and white people.
    Nazi war machine is just getting started
    Hitlers/ Biden’s brown shirts have free reign to kill and annialate.

    Welcome to Biden concentration camp
    Sig Hiel

  11. Trump won the elections and was stolen by demoRats. It was the only way this low scums could steal from a beloved man like President Trump. I pray for ALL our police officers. Stop if u can from buying Chinese products, hit the by the pockets.

  12. Love Hugs and Prayers to the Officers for a Speedy Recovery
    Prayers to their Families as well as to the Community.

  13. I PRAY for the PEACE OFFICERS, but I’m GLAD THEY VENTILATED THAT P-O-S S-O-B !!! Atleast HE won’t waste anymore AIR or taxpayer MONEY !!!

  14. And now we have Tlaib saying no police, no jails, no criminal justice system. Funny coming from a ‘Palestinian’ whose entire country is based on hatred, warfare and terrorism.

  15. “The Two Enemies of the People are Criminals & Government, so let us Tie the Second down with the Chains of the Constitution so the Second will Not become the Legalized version of the First”. Thomas Jefferson

    “The World will NOT be destroyed by those who do Evil but by those who Watch them Without doing Anything”. Albert Einstein

    So what are WE The People doing when WE continue to allow our Police Officers to be physically attacked, verbally abused & shot down in the streets?

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