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Posted: 8/27/2010 9:46:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/13/2010 3:24:46 PM EDT by Zedhead]
Media AAR

SALT LAKE CITY –– On Aug. 27, a Salt Lake City police officer stopped what could have been a disaster. He fatally shot a heavily-armed soldier outside of the Grand America Hotel, whom investigators believe had a deadly plan.

Tuesday the Salt Lake City district attorney cleared the officer of any wrongdoing, and the mayor and the chief of police honored him.

Officer Uppson Downes says luck was on his side when he saw Brandon Barrett armed outside of the Grand America Hotel.

But he was a lot more than lucky: He was well trained and in the right place at the right time.

On Aug. 27, police say Barrett –– a U.S. Army deserter –– went to the hotel on a mission.

Police say he had told friends and posted on Facebook that they should watch the news in Salt Lake City, because he was going to be famous and something big was going to happen.

Officer Downes, 34, happened to be driving on State Street and was stopped at the light on 600 South that afternoon when civilians started banging on his patrol car.

He pulled over and spotted Barrett.

As soon as Barrett saw Downes, he opened fire –– striking the officer in the leg and sending at least six rounds into his car.

When Downes had a clear shot at Barrett, he took it.

He fired three shots, all from about 75 feet away. One of the bullets hit Barrett in the head –– in one of the only parts of his body not protected with military armor.

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank awarded Downes the highest honor awarded to police officers: the Medal of Valor.

A civilian was also given the Public Service Award for her role in stopping Barrett from entering the hotel.

Robyn Salmon works security at the Grand America Hotel. She saw Barrett in the hotel in full combat armor camouflage that afternoon. Police say Barrett was well armed from head to toe with more than a thousand rounds of ammunition, a rifle with a scope, and two handguns.

Salmon asked Barrett to leave. He instead asked for access to the roof of the building, which he tried to get to after parking his car in the basement lot moments before. Salmon refused and escorted him out the door, his handgun drawn.

That's when Officer Downes first saw Barrett.

"I did ask him to drop his weapon, and he didn't even wait for me to finish before he decided to open fire," Downes said.

The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office issued a letter to the Salt Lake City Police Department stating the shooting of Barrett by one of their officers was lawful. After an investigation, the district attorney ruled Downes' actions did not violate state law.

District Attorney Lohra Miller announced Monday that Downes' use of lethal force was justified, saying in a release, "In this instance, Mr. Barrett continued (to) advance toward the officer, displayed aggression with a weapon, and refusal to comply with the responding officer's commands made the responding officer reasonably believe the use of deadly force was necessary to prevent serious bodily injury or death to himself."

Downes himself is a veteran, serving six years in the military before becoming a police officer. He has only been with the Salt Lake City Police Department for a year.







Update: Source says Barret got a DUI on base and went AWOL, stealing an M16 and some other gear. (Anyone help me with this? I thought they would all be locked up in the armory?) He left a note for is CO's

Came to Utah and had planned to gain access to the hotel (probably one of the best/most expensive) in town shoot people from an elevated location inside or on the hotel.

Correction on the first account...It was the male officer who was originally hit who dispatched Barret. Amazing shooting, facing down a "soldier" in combat load including rifle, from 20 yards away. Definitely a do or die time for those head shots.





Will be interesting to see why this went down.










http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=12175791


Officer injured, suspect killed in police shootout
August 27th, 2010 @ 10:06pm

SALT LAKE CITY –– A Salt Lake City police officer shot and killed a man in a busy downtown intersection. New photos show the suspect was in full military gear and armed to the teeth.

The shootout happened just before 4 p.m. Friday at 600 South and State Street after police received a call about a man with a gun walking back and forth along State Street in the vicinity of the Grand America Hotel.

Within seconds of Salt Lake City officers arriving on scene, shots were fired. Witnesses reported hearing about 10 or 12 shots.
A man lies dead after shooting a police officer in the leg outside of the Grand America Hotel in downtown Friday in Salt Lake City. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

The officer, a patrolman who's been with the department several years, was shot in the leg. He in turn, shot and killed the the suspect.

"The officer has very minor injuries at this point, so we're happy about that," said Sgt. Robin Snyder with the Salt Lake City Police Department.

Late Friday night, police identified the man who was killed as 28-year-old Brandon S. Barrett. They say he is believed to be a U.S. Army veteran most recently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash.

A photo taken by Desert News photographer Tom Smart shows Barrett's body on the ground with 11 clips of ammunition strapped to him, a helmet barely visible, but an ISAF patch clearly visible. ISAF stands for International Security Assistance Force –– a NATO led team conducting operations in Afghanistan.

Witnesses say they saw Barrett in full military fatigues, black combat boots and a mask, carrying an assault rifle.
"I heard that the store manager said, ‘Get in the back, there's shooting outside,' so they had us go hide in the back." - Jamie Davis, local store owner

According to the Deseret News, Barrett told two witnesses in the parking lot of the hotel he was "in training."

All things considered, police say it's a wonder no one else was hurt.

"This is probably one of the busiest intersections in Salt Lake City, especially the time of day. It was about 3:30 in the afternoon," Snyder said.

Salt Lake City resident Jessica Cook was cleaning her house when she thought she heard shots.

"My music is so loud, and I heard the gunshot over the music," she said.

She was shocked to find officers up and down the street she lives and works on.

The owner of a clothing store said he looked outside to see armed officers with what he thought were AK-47 assault rifles.

"I heard that the store manager said, ‘Get in the back, there's shooting outside,' so they had us go hide in the back," Jamie Davis said.

Several bullets hit the windshield of the police officer's car, as well as in the sides of at least one vehicle that was in the area at the time.

Police say two investigations have been opened following this incident. The first will be handled by internal affairs that will look into the actions of the officer, who has been placed on paid administrative leave. The second is a criminal investigation that will be launched by the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office.

These kind of investigations are standard procedure for such incidents.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 9:48:22 PM EDT
i got nothin
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 9:49:09 PM EDT
odd
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 9:51:46 PM EDT
If you're gonna fo, you must fo in at least squad strength.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 9:52:03 PM EDT
What patch is this?

Link Posted: 8/27/2010 9:52:11 PM EDT
I wish he didnt have to go that way, If all said is true looks like suicide by cop.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 9:52:35 PM EDT
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/11/army_seniorNCOs_112508w/

According to this, he made SFC (E-7) in 2008.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 9:53:25 PM EDT
PTSD?

Link Posted: 8/27/2010 9:54:05 PM EDT
His ISAF patch is on the wrong side.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 9:54:19 PM EDT
I might actually put 5 that he wasw an ARFCOMMER by the looks of his get up...

Plus, I think I see a zombie patch.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 9:55:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2010 9:56:27 PM EDT by marksman121]
Found this.


Brandon Barrett
Textiles Professional
Greater Salt Lake City Area


This source is saying he was a deserter.

Brandon S. Barrett, a U.S. Army deserter, was shot dead by police fire at approximately 3:37 p.m. Friday.

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/101702208.html

Link Posted: 8/27/2010 9:55:37 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 9:56:06 PM EDT
Cherchez la femme.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 9:56:51 PM EDT
Originally Posted By EasTexan:
I might actually put 5 that he wasw an ARFCOMMER by the looks of his get up...

Plus, I think I see a zombie patch.


No telling. That is Army issue gear.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 9:57:20 PM EDT
I'd hit the female cop with the shotgun.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 9:57:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2010 10:00:35 PM EDT by wicketsurplus]
Originally Posted By Zedhead:
Will be interesting to see why this went down.

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http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=12175791


Officer injured, suspect killed in police shootout
August 27th, 2010 @ 10:06pm

SALT LAKE CITY –– A Salt Lake City police officer shot and killed a man in a busy downtown intersection. New photos show the suspect was in full military gear and armed to the teeth.

The shootout happened just before 4 p.m. Friday at 600 South and State Street after police received a call about a man with a gun walking back and forth along State Street in the vicinity of the Grand America Hotel.

Within seconds of Salt Lake City officers arriving on scene, shots were fired. Witnesses reported hearing about 10 or 12 shots.
A man lies dead after shooting a police officer in the leg outside of the Grand America Hotel in downtown Friday in Salt Lake City. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

The officer, a patrolman who's been with the department several years, was shot in the leg. He in turn, shot and killed the the suspect.

"The officer has very minor injuries at this point, so we're happy about that," said Sgt. Robin Snyder with the Salt Lake City Police Department.

Late Friday night, police identified the man who was killed as 28-year-old Brandon S. Barrett. They say he is believed to be a U.S. Army veteran most recently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash.

A photo taken by Desert News photographer Tom Smart shows Barrett's body on the ground with 11 clips of ammunition strapped to him, a helmet barely visible, but an ISAF patch clearly visible. ISAF stands for International Security Assistance Force –– a NATO led team conducting operations in Afghanistan.

Witnesses say they saw Barrett in full military fatigues, black combat boots and a mask, carrying an assault rifle.
"I heard that the store manager said, ‘Get in the back, there's shooting outside,' so they had us go hide in the back." - Jamie Davis, local store owner

According to the Deseret News, Barrett told two witnesses in the parking lot of the hotel he was "in training."

All things considered, police say it's a wonder no one else was hurt.

"This is probably one of the busiest intersections in Salt Lake City, especially the time of day. It was about 3:30 in the afternoon," Snyder said.

Salt Lake City resident Jessica Cook was cleaning her house when she thought she heard shots.

"My music is so loud, and I heard the gunshot over the music," she said.

She was shocked to find officers up and down the street she lives and works on.

The owner of a clothing store said he looked outside to see armed officers with what he thought were AK-47 assault rifles.

"I heard that the store manager said, ‘Get in the back, there's shooting outside,' so they had us go hide in the back," Jamie Davis said.

Several bullets hit the windshield of the police officer's car, as well as in the sides of at least one vehicle that was in the area at the time.

Police say two investigations have been opened following this incident. The first will be handled by internal affairs that will look into the actions of the officer, who has been placed on paid administrative leave. The second is a criminal investigation that will be launched by the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office.

These kind of investigations are standard procedure for such incidents.


Everything is an ak!
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 9:59:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2010 10:00:01 PM EDT by EasTexan]
Originally Posted By Renegade13B:
Originally Posted By EasTexan:
I might actually put 5 that he wasw an ARFCOMMER by the looks of his get up...

Plus, I think I see a zombie patch.


No telling. That is Army issue gear.


You are right... Army deserter as stated above.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:01:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AKalashnikov47:
I'd hit the female cop with the shotgun.


Youre new here.

What you just did, you probably wont do it very much after you have been here much longer.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:02:20 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 87GN:
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/11/army_seniorNCOs_112508w/

According to this, he made SFC (E-7) in 2008.




There are two Brandon S Barrett in AKO white pages....1 is a SPC at Fort Lewis, and the other is a SFC posted elsewhere.

I'd be willing to bet he is the SPC from Lewis.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:02:36 PM EDT
Suicide by cop?
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:03:51 PM EDT
WTF? I am curious about the rest of this story.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:04:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Renegade13B:
Originally Posted By EasTexan:
I might actually put 5 that he wasw an ARFCOMMER by the looks of his get up...

Plus, I think I see a zombie patch.


No telling. That is Army issue gear.




Does look like the zombie hunter patch.

Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:04:17 PM EDT
This won't be that big of a story, not enough blood or deaths.

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Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:05:59 PM EDT
Thats why UTG gear is for airsoft....

Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:06:18 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:06:45 PM EDT
Originally Posted By brasscrossedrifles:
Originally Posted By AKalashnikov47:
I'd hit the female cop with the shotgun.


Youre new here.

What you just did, you probably wont do it very much after you have been here much longer.


Oh yeah, because everyone here in GD is sooooooo respectful.

Besides, that female officer looks like she'd fuck up Mike Tyson.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:07:05 PM EDT
yeah does look like one of the zombie patches
odd story overall
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:07:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By brasscrossedrifles:
Originally Posted By AKalashnikov47:
I'd hit the female cop with the shotgun.


Youre new here.

What you just did, you probably wont do it very much after you have been here much longer.


Yep...

- Clint

Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:07:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2010 10:08:01 PM EDT by 87GN]

Originally Posted By FDC:
Originally Posted By 87GN:
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/11/army_seniorNCOs_112508w/

According to this, he made SFC (E-7) in 2008.




There are two Brandon S Barrett in AKO white pages....1 is a SPC at Fort Lewis, and the other is a SFC posted elsewhere.

I'd be willing to bet he is the SPC from Lewis.

Oh, okay. Yeah, you're right.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:09:08 PM EDT
Id smoke her too but not the place. Would you see a dead guy on the road and say out loud to everyone else that his mother was hot?
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:09:56 PM EDT
Well, I hope events like this don't start popping up all over. The officer who was able to return fire (presumably hitting CM) did good (I hope).

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Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:11:55 PM EDT
I will say this....the officers have excellent trigger finger discipline.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:13:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2010 10:14:41 PM EDT by AKalashnikov47]
I fail to see where i should care about an army deserter that went nuts and shot up a intersection/cop. Let alone a guy in full combat gear that is obviously out there to cause nothing but harm, harm to others, harm to himself, and harm to gunowners everywhere, the media loves to eat this shit up. Let alone the spin that all vets are unstable and should not have gun rights anyways that seems to be so popular these days. So if my interjection of levity is not appreciated i apologize to anyone it offended.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:14:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2010 10:14:47 PM EDT by jake550]
Originally Posted By TheRocketmac:
Well, I hope events like this don't start popping up all over. The officer who was able to return fire (presumably hitting CM) did good (I hope).

Posted Via AR15.Com Mobile



Huh?
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:16:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2010 10:23:59 PM EDT by brasscrossedrifles]
Originally Posted By freeflow:
Thats why UTG gear is for airsoft....

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b355/sarkardarkstar/HPIM0805.jpg


He's wearing an IOTV, minus yoke and collar, plus DAPS.

ETA: Last I heard (2008), the only place where IOTVs were being issued was at inprocessing stations for soldiers entering theatre.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:17:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2010 10:17:49 PM EDT by Carbine_Emissions]
I actually know all about what happened but I don't want to post to much info.
Its an AWOL guy who wanted to go out in a blaze of glory is all I can say.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:18:45 PM EDT
Yea what this guy did can potentially hurt one of our favorite hobbies. The Libs and anti's will eat this up
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:18:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2010 10:21:37 PM EDT by jake550]
Originally Posted By Carbine_Emissions:
I actually know all about what happened but I don't want to post to much info.
Its an AWOL guy who wanted to go out in a blaze of glory is all I can say.


Lucky him.... He got what he wanted.

ETA: Apparently being all tac-ed out doesn't make you a badass..

Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:20:00 PM EDT
Originally Posted By wicketsurplus:
Originally Posted By Zedhead:
Will be interesting to see why this went down.

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s35/glockguy/f001e816.jpg
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s35/glockguy/f53befd5.jpg
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s35/glockguy/a2bfb93a.jpg
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http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s35/glockguy/691becab.jpg




http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=12175791


Officer injured, suspect killed in police shootout
August 27th, 2010 @ 10:06pm

SALT LAKE CITY –– A Salt Lake City police officer shot and killed a man in a busy downtown intersection. New photos show the suspect was in full military gear and armed to the teeth.

The shootout happened just before 4 p.m. Friday at 600 South and State Street after police received a call about a man with a gun walking back and forth along State Street in the vicinity of the Grand America Hotel.

Within seconds of Salt Lake City officers arriving on scene, shots were fired. Witnesses reported hearing about 10 or 12 shots.
A man lies dead after shooting a police officer in the leg outside of the Grand America Hotel in downtown Friday in Salt Lake City. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

The officer, a patrolman who's been with the department several years, was shot in the leg. He in turn, shot and killed the the suspect.

"The officer has very minor injuries at this point, so we're happy about that," said Sgt. Robin Snyder with the Salt Lake City Police Department.

Late Friday night, police identified the man who was killed as 28-year-old Brandon S. Barrett. They say he is believed to be a U.S. Army veteran most recently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash.

A photo taken by Desert News photographer Tom Smart shows Barrett's body on the ground with 11 clips of ammunition strapped to him, a helmet barely visible, but an ISAF patch clearly visible. ISAF stands for International Security Assistance Force –– a NATO led team conducting operations in Afghanistan.

Witnesses say they saw Barrett in full military fatigues, black combat boots and a mask, carrying an assault rifle.
"I heard that the store manager said, ‘Get in the back, there's shooting outside,' so they had us go hide in the back." - Jamie Davis, local store owner

According to the Deseret News, Barrett told two witnesses in the parking lot of the hotel he was "in training."

All things considered, police say it's a wonder no one else was hurt.

"This is probably one of the busiest intersections in Salt Lake City, especially the time of day. It was about 3:30 in the afternoon," Snyder said.

Salt Lake City resident Jessica Cook was cleaning her house when she thought she heard shots.

"My music is so loud, and I heard the gunshot over the music," she said.

She was shocked to find officers up and down the street she lives and works on.

The owner of a clothing store said he looked outside to see armed officers with what he thought were AK-47 assault rifles.

"I heard that the store manager said, ‘Get in the back, there's shooting outside,' so they had us go hide in the back," Jamie Davis said.

Several bullets hit the windshield of the police officer's car, as well as in the sides of at least one vehicle that was in the area at the time.

Police say two investigations have been opened following this incident. The first will be handled by internal affairs that will look into the actions of the officer, who has been placed on paid administrative leave. The second is a criminal investigation that will be launched by the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office.

These kind of investigations are standard procedure for such incidents.


Everything is an ak!
http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo123/ElDiabloRobotico/journalists-guide-to-firearms-ident.jpg


Yes it is, and don't you forget it.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:21:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jake550:
Originally Posted By TheRocketmac:
Well, I hope events like this don't start popping up all over. The officer who was able to return fire (presumably hitting CM) did good (I hope).

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Huh?


Seems like what he said was pretty clear to me.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:21:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2010 10:21:50 PM EDT by Ridge_Runner_5]

Originally Posted By marksman121:
What patch is this?



Definately a zombie hunter patch...


Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:24:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2010 10:28:52 PM EDT by jake550]
Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:

Originally Posted By jake550:
Originally Posted By TheRocketmac:
Well, I hope events like this don't start popping up all over. The officer who was able to return fire (presumably hitting CM) did good (I hope).

Posted Via AR15.Com Mobile



Huh?


Seems like what he said was pretty clear to me.


I didn't get the "(I hope)" part.. The guy was walking around in ACU's, armor, ammo and weapons, then shot a cop.. What's with the "I hope"? That dude was looking to kill some folks - fuck him...
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:26:11 PM EDT
apparently his "I suck at fighting" patch was legit
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:29:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By www-glock19-com:
apparently his "I suck at fighting" patch was legit


LOL
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:30:53 PM EDT
maybe he should of worn his neck protector.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:31:13 PM EDT
11 Clips with 87 rounds each Duhh
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:31:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2010 10:33:08 PM EDT by jake550]
Originally Posted By FDC:
Originally Posted By www-glock19-com:
apparently his "I suck at fighting" patch was legit


LOL


Concur...

Rot
In
Peace....Pieces

Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:31:51 PM EDT
11 clips of

It's always clips...always. Why do these journalist students even try?
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:32:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2010 10:33:00 PM EDT by EasTexan]
Originally Posted By www-glock19-com:
apparently his "I suck at fighting" patch was legit


True.

Nothing against the men and women that serve but I would think that a trained soldier in full gear on a suicide mission would have done more damage.

Thank God he did not.

Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:37:00 PM EDT
RIF

some of you guys need to Read.

i cant believe nobody has caught the 11 clips of ammunition yet. slackers.
Link Posted: 8/27/2010 10:37:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By EasTexan:
Originally Posted By www-glock19-com:
apparently his "I suck at fighting" patch was legit


True.

Nothing against the men and women that serve but I would think that a trained soldier in full gear on a suicide mission would have done more damage.

Thank God he did not.


Well, he was a deserter.
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