DA Rules Herriman Police Officers Justified In Fatal Shooting

Jul 16, 2021, 7:04 PM | Updated: 8:59 pm

SALT LAKE CITYTwo Herriman Police officers were legally justified in using deadly force last October against an armed man who reached for his gun, announced Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill.

“I absolutely believe that the officers had no choice at that moment,” Gill said during Friday’s press conference to announce the results of the investigation and review of the Oct. 27 incident.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill shares results of the investigation and review of an officer-involved critical incident on Oct. 27 in Herriman.

Around 10:10 p.m., officers were called to the neighborhood near 13400 South and 5300 West by a woman who reported that her ex-boyfriend, 38-year-old Isaac Lemoine Christensen, was “driving around the neighborhood trying to intimidate her,” according to Gill’s report.

“He shows up. He’s playing his music loudly,” Gill said about Christensen. “He stops in front of her house, honking the horn.”

The woman told the 911 operator that she had a protective order against Christensen. She called back a few minutes later to say the he was parked in front of her home and that she believed he had a gun.

“Several other people in the neighborhood called 911 to report concerns about Mr. Christensen,” the report said. “Callers reported that Mr. Christensen had tried to run over people in the neighborhood; callers also said Mr. Christensen had pointed a gun at them.”

Officers arrived in the neighborhood around 10:20 p.m. and heard two series of gunfire. They searched and found Christensen under a parked van on Solafax Lane with two guns lying on the pavement in front of him.

The officers can be heard on the body-camera video repeatedly yelling commands at Christensen.

“Crawl out right now,” one officer said. “Show us your hands. Do not reach for that gun.”

(Herriman Police Department)

Moments later, Christensen can be seen in the video, moving his hand quickly toward one of the guns. Two officers open fire, hitting Christensen nine times, according to Gill’s final report.

“At that moment, when he does that aggressive movement towards the weapon with an open hand, that is when they made the decision to fire,” Gill said during the press conference.

An officer pulled Christensen out from under the van and rendered medical aid, but Christensen died at the scene.

Gill said officers Dustin Olzack and Brady Askerlund were legally justified in using deadly force.

“In this case, we believe it’s likely a jury would find the facts of this matter meet the elements of a justified use of deadly force, and we decline to file a criminal charge against either Officer Olzack or Officer Askerlund for their use of deadly force,” the report concluded.

No officers or residents were injured during the incident.

“Investigators recovered six 9mm F.C. brand spent (empty) cartridge casings and four .22 caliber Remington brand spent (empty) cartridge casings investigators believe Mr. Christensen fired from his weapons,” the report said. “Investigators also found several .22 caliber Remington live cartridges under the van.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

JR Johansen with his Uvalde portraits...
Dan Rascon

Utah artist delivers portraits to families of Uvalde shooting victims

A Utah artist recently took a life-changing trip to a small Texas town to make a special delivery for residents who are still recovering from a horrific mass shooting.
24 hours ago
Handcuffs in a jail cell FILE PHOTO (Ravell Call/Deseret News)...
Pat Reavy

Four teens looking for rival gang members charged in connection with triple killing at party

Four teen boys have been charged in connection with a gang-related shooting at a house party in West Jordan last year that left three people dead.
24 hours ago
A side by side of the two photos. (KSL-TV)...
Lauren Steinbrecher

Utah woman’s engagement photo pays tribute to grandmother’s love story at Bryce Canyon National Park

A Utah couple's engagement photo recreating the bride-to-be's grandparents at Bryce Canyon National Park 63 years later is going viral, with a beautiful love story behind it.
24 hours ago
Railroad crossing safety...
Katija Stjepovic

Bill to make Utah railroad crossings safer advances in House

As the beehive state continues to grow, more people are commuting, whether by car, train, or foot, we have seen more collisions on Utah`s railroads.
24 hours ago
The Provo Airport is beyond capacity, and plans are being made for increased service and more growt...
Alex Cabrero

New Provo Airport discussing expansion after year of rapid growth

A new airport in Provo is already at capacity and continually growing -- discussions of expanding and additional service are already underway.
24 hours ago
Inversion over Salt Lake City...
Jed Boal

UTA free fare year proposed to improve Utah’s air quality

The bipartisan Utah Legislative Clean Air Caucus unveiled several bills and appropriations Tuesday aimed at improving air quality in Utah.  
24 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
DA Rules Herriman Police Officers Justified In Fatal Shooting