Wood also refused police officers' initial requests that he put down the handguns and leave the vehicle. After about two hours, officers used tear gas to force Wood out of the truck. Wood, who still had one handgun, remained next to the vehicle for several more hours and refused to put down the weapon, which he periodically pointed at himself.
Numerous officers from Farmington, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Centerville, Bountiful, Clearfield, Davis County and Syracuse responded to the scene, according to the lawsuit.
Officers eventually used foam baton rounds, pepper balls, flash-bang diversionary grenades and verbal commands in an attempt to get Wood to drop the gun. When those tactics failed, a Salt Lake City police detective used a Taser on Wood. Officers said Wood continued to hold and point his gun at them after he was first hit by the Taser multiple times, according to court documents. That's when sheriff's deputy Joshua Boucher fatally shot Wood.
Wood's family subsequently sued Boucher, Farmington, Salt Lake City and Davis County, alleging use of deadly force was unjustified.
The judge said given the severity of the situation and Wood's "active resistance," the decision to use force was not unreasonable.
"It is uncontested that three separate officers at the scene, each assigned as an advanced observer marksman, made an independent decision to take lethal force against Mr. Wood at the same time that Deputy Boucher shot Mr. Wood because of their perceptions of an immediate threat," the judge said.
Nuffer noted that even if the gun was not in Wood's hand at the moment he was shot, it was still within reach and thus still a threat to the officers. Boucher, the judge said, was "fulfilling his legal duty and exercising his legal right to protect himself and others from the immediate threat Mr. Wood presented."