Friends, Family of Man Killed While in WVC Police Custody Say He Was ‘Turning His Life Around’

Aug 25, 2019, 5:50 PM | Updated: 5:57 pm

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – The mother of the 31-year-old man fatally wounded during an altercation in a West Valley City DUI processing room is responding to the incident.

In a statement to KSL TV, Chad Breinholt’s mother shared:

“We are heartbroken by the loss of Chad. We do not understand the circumstances that took his life, and we are anxiously awaiting the results of the investigation that is being handled by the Salt Lake City police department.”

Although he struggled for many years to overcome his challenges, Chad was trying daily to overcome them through faith and family, according to his family. They went on to say Chad was a good person with good heart and was very much loved by his family and friends.

We ask the media to respect the family’s privacy as we grieve.”

With few details, West Valley City police shared that on Friday at about 7 p.m. officers responded to the area of 2900 South Redwood Road. Breinholt had allegedly shown up intoxicated at his girlfriend’s job and was causing problems.

“At approximately 7:40 p.m. he was taken into custody and transported to the West Valley City Police Department DUI processing room, which is located in the basement of the West Valley City Hall. During the course of this processing, an altercation occurred and an officer fired his weapon striking Mr. Breinholt. Medical assistance was called, however, Mr. Breinholt was deceased,” a statement released by the West Valley City Police Department on Saturday explained.

Breinholt’s friends also shared that he was a positive person who had been turning his life around. He had gone back to school and ended the semester last December, 2018, with a 3.6 GPA.

Under protocol, the investigation has been turned over to the Salt Lake Police Department who said Sunday that they didn’t have any updates on the case.

West Valley City police said Sunday that the investigation was underway and they won’t have updates until the body camera footage is released within 10 business days.


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Friends, Family of Man Killed While in WVC Police Custody Say He Was ‘Turning His Life Around’