Salt Lake District Attorney Sim Gill announced Friday that the use of deadly force during an officer-involved critical incident on April 8, 2019 was justified.
Harold Vincent Robinson, 37, was shot and killed by police officers in South Salt Lake after he allegedly fired gunshots outside his vehicle while driving to various locations.
This had the potential to kills scores of citizens and officers, Gill said. "We are very, very lucky,"
Police connected Robinson to two armed robberies on April 8, 2019: one at a Holiday Oil in Taylorsville at approximately 10:06 a.m. and another at a business on 900 East.
He then traveled to the area of 115 W. 500 S. and fired several rounds at approximately 10:42 a.m.
Robinson also fired shots near the Matheson Courthouse, triggering a multi-agency police chase on State Street that ended near 3300 South in South Salt Lake.
Robinson was reportedly seen leaning out the car window and firing a rifle in the direction of pursuing officers. He was then shot and killed by police.
A Unified Police Officer was struck by a ricocheting bullet, but survived the injury.
In total, Robinson fired more than 50 shots on the spree, Gill said. Officers fired a total of 196 rounds, and 16 were placed on administrative leave.
The 37 year old's family released the following statement after the shooting:
The family of Harold Vincent Robinson would like to submit a statement in regards to the events that transpired on April 8, 2019.
We are devastated by the loss of our son, brother, uncle and friend. We called him Junior and we all loved him dearly. He had been suffering from a mental illness for some time. He was struggling with paranoia and delusions. Tryuing to decipher form what was real and what was not.
Leading up to the event, Junior had started to express to hi mother and sibling his love and appreciation. The family had tried to get Junior help as he seemed unstable a few months back. He was admitted to the U of U Mental Health Facility for treatment. He was kept for several days for evaluation. Where he was then released. He seemed calmer, he was trying to get back on track.
The family would like to express their deepest sympathy and apologize for the horrible events that transpired and any fear or stress that was inflicted upon the people who witnessed it or were involved.
We pray that this tragic event will increase awareness of the damages mental illness and the effects it has on the community and individual's family. With proper evaluation and treatment, the event may have been prevented and we would still have our beloved friend and family member.