I am a deputy prosecuting attorney with West Valley City. I have handled hundreds of misdemeanor cases investigated by the West Valley City Police Department. I count the city's police officers among my colleagues and friends, and this past week I became very proud to work with them.
My office is just down the hall from the police department. On Monday morning, just as I settled in for another workday, I heard the unmistakable sound of gunfire ring out from the lobby just below my office. As my coworkers and I ran to hide, we heard the loud footsteps of police officers running the other direction toward the crisis.
Within minutes, the scene had been secured. The man who had brandished a gun in my place of business was in custody with non-life-threatening injuries, and police had begun sweeping the area to make sure there were no other lingering threats. I texted my family and told them, with confidence, that I was safe.