Police Officer Cody Brotherson was allegedly intentionally struck and killed by a vehicle that was being pursued by other officers. (story continues below photo)
An officer from the West Valley City Police Department observed three people walking from a stolen vehicle to a nearby apartment complex in the 4100 block of South Redwood Road. The officer then witnessed the suspect steal a vehicle form the parking lot of the complex. When officers attempted to stop the stolen vehicle, it fled with officers in pursuit.
Officers, including Officer Brotherson, attempted to deploy spike strips near 4100 South and Redwood Road. As they deployed the spike strips, the subject vehicle allegedly veered toward the officers and struck Officer Brotherson, killing him.
The subject vehicle continued to flee after striking Officer Brotherson. It was involved in a collision several blocks away and three subjects were taken into custody.
Officer Brotherson served with the West Valley City Police Department for three years. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, and fiancee.
West Valley City is about 10 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.