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Man critical after being shot by Taylorsville police Aug 23rd, 2009 7:02:56 pm - Subscribe
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Taylorsville ¬ĽA Taylorsville man remained in critical condition Sunday after he was shot by police attempting to speak with him about a domestic dispute.

Officers arrived at the man's home just before midnight after someone called 911 about a domestic dispute that appeared violent near 3200 West and 5800 South, said Detective Shannon Bennett.

Robert Holliday, 37, returned to the house as officers were investigating, but fled when he saw police. They caught up with him several blocks away, near 5900 South and 3340 West, at the edge of a field. Holliday confronted them with what appeared to be a handgun, Bennett said.

Bennett declined to say whether the object was a weapon.

"It looked like a handgun. Whether or not it actually was a handgun, we're not releasing that information," he said. The object presented an "obvious threat of death or serious bodily injury," he said, and both officers fired their weapons. Holliday was critically hurt and taken to Intermountain Medical Center.

The officers were not injured. They were placed on paid leave, as is department policy, and the shooting will be investigated by the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office. Their names were not released.

Neighbor Benita Garcia said she was in her driveway when she heard 15 to 20 shots fired in blasts of a few shots, with pauses in between.

"They didn't need to be shooting at him that

many times," she said. "Why didn't they just tase him?"

She said Holliday moved to the neighborhood about a year and a half ago, and he was often in the front yard playing with his twin 3-year-old sons.

Her husband, Mike Garcia, said Holliday is a friendly neighbor.

"If I needed a hand and saw him, all I needed to do was ask," he said.

Ken Hollinger, who lives five houses from the shooting scene, said he heard 10 to 12 gunshots, prompting him to leave his house and walk toward the noise. He saw the victim lying on the sidewalk with paramedics giving him aid.

Dillon Fryer, who lives two houses from the shooting site, said he was awakened by gunshots. It sounded like firecrackers in his backyard, he said. "But I grew up in Rose Park so I knew it wasn't."

Fryer moved to Taylorsville about eight years ago to live in a quieter neighborhood and said he was unnerved by Sunday's shooting.

A woman who answered the door Sunday morning at Holliday's house declined to comment. Bennett said officers have been to the house several times on different types of calls, including domestic violence.

Holliday has a history of run-ins with police. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor failure to stop at the command of a police officer and DUI charges in 2006, and misdemeanor assault and discharging a weapon from a vehicle charges from 1996, according to court records.

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