(Update) Darrien Hunt Did Not Have to Die

Darrien Hunt (image from Facebook)
Darrien Hunt (image from Facebook)

Good thing the Saratoga Springs police weren’t security duty at Salt Lake Comic Con. We would have had about twenty Deadpools dead from gunfire.

According to Randall Edwards, attorney for Susan Hunt, an independent autopsy showed that Susan’s son Darrien Hunt, 22, was shot six times, all in the back. Darrien was unarmed, unless you count the katana strapped on his back. The katana had rounded edges and was about as harmful as any weapon brandished by the aforementioned Deadpools. Maybe if Darrien was dressed as Deadpool when he went by the local Panda Express, he would be alive today.

But he wasn’t. Police were called due to reports of “a suspicious person.” Holy cow, there’s a black dude in Saratoga Springs. Looks mighty suspicious!

The Utah County Chief Deputy attorney Tim Taylor said that “preliminary evidence suggests that Mr. Hunt brandished the sword and lunged toward the officers with the sword, at which time Mr. Hunt was shot.” So how can that be possible if the autopsy showed all six shots were from behind? Said Edwards: “Darrien was shot to death while running away from the police. It would appear difficult, if not impossible, to reconcile these facts with a story that Darrien was lunging toward the officers when he was shot. We continue to hope that a full investigation will reveal the whole truth about this tragedy.”

I don’t want Al Sharpton to come to Utah. But I do want Mia Love to make a statement and help put some spotlight on her old town. I do want Darrien Hunt to be a national story, a household name, and now it looks like it will be. If cops killed my kid by shooting him six times from behind, you bet I’d want everyone to know.



(UPDATE) – Full statement from Mia Love:

My heart goes out to the families involved in this difficult situation

My term as mayor of Saratoga Springs ended over nine months ago, and it would be inappropriate for me to speculate on what happened without knowing all of the facts. The last thing we need right now are politicians inflaming this tragedy with speculation and commentary. I have confidence in the good people of this community and in our justice process.

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