WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – The West Valley City Police Department has released the name of the officer who was killed in the line of duty early Sunday morning, according to FOX 13 Salt Lake City.
Officer Cody Brotherson, 25, was fatally struck by a vehicle shortly after 3 a.m. near 2200 W 4100 S.
Police spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said Brotherson was involved in a pursuit with three people in a vehicle. Police Chief Lee Russo said the chase lasted less than a minute.
Brotherson got out of his police vehicle and was fatally struck by the suspects’ vehicle. Police said three suspects, none of whom have been identified, are in custody.
Vainuku told FOX 13 about the next steps of the investigation.
“Our chief has invoked the officer-involved critical incident protocol, as part of that, we will be stepping back as the investigative agency and another agency will come in and investigate,” Vainuku said, “and that’s just in the interest of professionalism and partiality so we’ll have another agency come in and investigate this case, so we’ll be working closely with them to coordinate the release of information, but we do expect to release more information as the morning goes on.”
Brotherson, who grew up in West Valley City, is survived by his parents, his brother and his fiancee, according to WVCPD Police Chief Lee Russo.
He was a three-year veteran of the West Valley City Police Department and the first in the department’s history to be killed in the line of duty, Russo said.