Man shot and killed by police

Posted on April 11, 2009. Filed under: shot by police, Utah |

Roy, Utah – Damon Lee Weems died early this morning after he opened fire on officers in his living room and they shot back. The officers weren’t hurt but are on paid administrative leave while an investigation is completed.

The Roy police chief is confident that the investigation will find his officers were simply defending themselves when they shot and killed Weems.

Chief Greg Whinham, with the Roy Police Department, said, “The phone was apparently set down inside the house. We could hear crying and screaming inside the house.”

When they arrived they found Weems’ mother and son, who told officers Weems was in another part of the apartment with a gun.

“We tried to have communication with him, and he fired a round through the door, through the closed door into the hallway,” Whinham said. More on

They were evacuating the grandmother and son when another shot was fired. Then Weems entered the living room, armed with a shotgun.

“There was an exchange of gunfire inside the living quarters between the suspect and the officers,” Whinham said.

Weeems died at the scene.

He had a lengthy criminal past, including drug, weapons and assault charges. He’d been released from prison last year, and neighbors say he was changing his life, working long hours at a dog food packaging plant and spending time with his son.

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