When people feel desperate or as if they are backed into a corner, they may take drastic actions in attempts to escape the situation. However, some of those drastic actions may only make the predicament worse, and a person could face serious criminal charges as a result, especially if the event involved violent crimes. Still, an accused person does not have to feel without hope after facing charges.
One man in Utah may be looking into his criminal defense options after reportedly being involved in the death of a police officer. Reports stated that the man had warrants out for his arrest, and when two officers saw him in the parking lot of a store, they approached his vehicle. The man purportedly would not surrender to the officers, so one officer tried to pull the man out through the passenger side of the vehicle. However, the man drove away.
The vehicle stopped, and officers once again tried to get the man out. The man apparently had a firearm and allegedly shot one of the officers in an area of the chest not covered by his bulletproof vest. The officer was taken to the hospital, but he did not survive. As a result, the man is now facing a charge for aggravated murder among other allegations.
Aggravated murder is a capital offense, and this Utah man faces a very serious situation. Though he may feel that his circumstances are bleak, he still has legal options for defending against the charges. Gaining information on violent crimes and the legal process ahead may help him feel more in control.