70-year-old man found dead in a Millcreek home Friday
(KUTV) A father and son dispute took a deadly turn Friday morning in Olympus Cove, when police were called to a domestic disturbance and discovered a homicide.
"This is a tragedy that we would have never, ever thought," next door neighbor Garr Vincent told 2News reporter Amy Nay Friday, adding he's known Dennis Robbins for nearly 40 years, "I would have never suspected this as an end result."
Police say Dennis Robbins, 70, was killed inside his Mathews Way home in Olympus Cove after an argument with his son Christopher Robbins, 29.
Unified Police spokesman Lieutenant Justin Hoyal told 2News officers were called just after 6 a.m. of a 'domestic in progress', "That situation took a tragic turn where the son ultimately killed his father. Very tragic scene, very traumatic."
Neighbors in this upscale and normally quiet community expressed their shock and disbelief when they heard of the homicide.
"Oh, wow. It's like - really, here? Because we hear about this stuff everyday on the news, but when it's a few houses down the street, it's a surprise," Kelly McKean told Nay, adding his condolences for the family.
His wife Barbara Bruno said she thought the younger Robbins was troubled, but said he was always polite to her, "He was just odd, very odd."
Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder told 2News the suspect had a history of mental illness. 2News found him on a sex registry for a 2004 conviction of enticing a minor over the internet. It was a conviction that sent him to jail for 6 months and then again in 2011 for failing to register.
"I've known Chris quite well. I've talked to him a lot," neighbor Vincent told 2News adding, "Even though he's had some difficulties, this is just way, way beyond what I would ever think."
The homicide investigation Friday was complicated by what authorities deemed a credible threat allegedly made by the suspect.
Lt. Hoyal told 2News, "At that point in time, the homicide investigation stopped and the focus became the public safety efforts with a possible explosive device."
By midday, a bomb squad from Unified Fire Authority had been able to go through the entire house and clear the area of any threat. Residents, who had been advised to stay in their homes and away from the area, were allowed to go about their business again as usual and the crime scene was minimized to just the house, instead of closing down the entire street.
Christopher Robbins had been taken into custody early this morning as detectives first arrived on the scene. He was booked Friday afternoon on domestic violence homicide charges.
(KUTV) More than six weeks after a Salt Lake City police officer shot and killed a dog in the animal's own fenced-in backyard during a missing child search, two separate investigations have cleared him.
Salt Lake City's Police Civilian Review Board released a statement on Friday saying the panel had exonerated Officer Brett Olsen following the "improper force" allegation brought by the animal's owner.
"It is apparent that [Olsen] believes two of the situations described in law as being triggers for 'Exigent Circumstances' existed, those being: when officers are reacting to an immediate life-threatening emergency; where there is danger of physical harm to officers or other persons," the document reads.
Olsen and 25 other officers responded to the June 18 report of a missing child in a Sugarhouse neighborhood. Olsen opened Sean Kendall's gate about a block and a half from the missing boy's home and entered the backyard. He encountered Geist, a 110-pound Weimaraner. According to the officer's statement and the findings of both investigations, the dog threatened Olsen, who fired his gun and shot the animal in the head.
Kendall, who described his two-year-old dog as gentle and goofy, has called for the officer's removal and a policy change. He believes the officer illegally trespassed on his property.
"When Brett Olsen opened my gate, he violated my constitutional and protected right to privacy, and he then illegally seized and killed Geist," Kendall said. "It's been over six weeks and there has not been any action. My confidence in Chief Burbank is at an all-time low."
The department has since received numerous death threats and has been the target of public outrage following the shooting.
In a press conference on Friday morning, Police Chief Chris Burbank announced similar results at the conclusion of the department's internal affairs investigation. Kendall's complaint was deemed 'not sustained.'
"Similar to the findings released by the independent Civilian Review Board this morning, the department's internal review found the subject officer reasonably believed that deadly force was necessary to prevent death or serious bodily injury to himself from a dangerous animal under 'SLCPD Policy III-310 Force, Use of' and 'SLCP Policy III-300 Firearms,'" the statement reads.
Burbank said he himself considered the shooting appropriate and justified.
"It is never the intent of the police department to use deadly force," Burbank said. "The officer reacted to a dog that was charging towards him, and in fact the distance was very small. Physical evidence indicates that the dog was within three feet of the officer when he responded with his firearm."
As for the trespassing allegation, Burbank, too, said the urgent circumstances required quick action, especially considering the deaths of abducted children often occur within the first 30 minutes of their disappearance.
"Officer Olsen knocked on the residence in the neighborhood, received no answer, appropriately, under the community caretaker standard and the exigency that potentially exists in a missing child or an abducted child [case], entered the backyard," Burbank said. "Circumstances that provide for warrantless searches exist and have been determined and upheld by the Supreme Court."
But Kendall denies the officer had any reason to step on his property.
"The was no reason to believe the child was in the backyard," Kendall said. "Therefore, he violated my Fourth Amendment right."
The missing toddler was found sleeping under a pile of blankets in his own basement less than an hour after Geist was shot. Asked whether the police search of the home had been thorough, Burbank said officers had conducted a search of the home but also expected the panic-stricken parents to have searched the house thoroughly. He said officers spread out and searched everywhere in the area simultaneously and with urgency.
Kendall turned down a $10,000 settlement he was initially seeking from the agency. But at one point, in a Facebook post that he quickly deleted, he announced he would accept the settlement.
"For a moment, I was selfish and didn't want to take on the responsibility of continuing to fight, but given the public support, I decided that no amount of money is going to make what Brett Olsen did okay," he explained.
Kendall said he would rather see the department change its policy.
Burbank said in the Friday press conference that the department attempted to compensate Kendall for his loss within a couple days of the shooting by offering to pay for the dog's cost and burial. Kendall apparently declined.
"Negotiations never focused on policy and procedure, never focused on the officer involved," Burbank said. "It simply focused on the dollar amount."
Burbank said the department will evaluate policy and procedure and add more training for officers in interacting with dogs. Olsen had no specialized training in working with large dogs. The police department is working with the Humane Society of Utah, Best Friends Utah and the Department of Justice to provide specific officer-animal training.
The Humane Society of Utah released a statement on Friday afternoon, reinforcing the need for more training.
"In response to the Salt Lake City Police Department’s internal review of the case involving 'Geist,' as well as a Police Civilian Review Board’s findings regarding the tragic shooting death of this family pet, the Humane Society of Utah is strongly urging all law enforcement agencies throughout the state to provide additional training and tools for officers to use when they encounter a dog in the course of their duties," the statement reads in part.
Officer-involved shooting injures 1, shuts down road in Taylorsville
(KUTV) A 31-year-old male is in serious condition after an officer involved shooting in Taylorsville Friday morning.
Officers say conflict was occurring prior to them arriving on scene at 5514 S. Ridge Crest Dr. When they did arrive on scene the 31-year-old male was in possession of a firearm which he brandished at officers.
Shots were exchanged; one officer fired and struck the male. No officers were injured.
An investigation is underway. Ridge Crest Dr. (3410 W.) at 5470 S. will be closed for several hours.
2News will update the story as more information becomes available.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans have passed legislation to shut down a program by President Barack Obama granting deportation relief to immigrants brought here illegally as kids.
The legislation that passed 216-192 late Friday could put more than 700,000 immigrants who've received temporary work permits in line for deportation.
It also would block Obama from awarding work permits to other immigrants here illegally.
The bill was supported by conservatives who demanded it as their price for backing a separate measure dealing with the crisis of unaccompanied minors flooding the border.
The Senate has already adjourned for Congress' summer recess so neither bill stands a chance of becoming law. Below is the AP story from earlier in the day. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
House Republicans revived their bill on the U.S.-Mexico border crisis in dramatic fashion Friday, preparing to pass it after winning over conservatives with tough new provisions that could threaten deportation for hundreds of thousands of immigrants already working in this country legally. President Barack Obama condemned the Republican action and said he'd act unilaterally, as best he could.
A day after GOP leaders pulled the border bill from the floor in a chaotic retreat, tea party lawmakers were enthusiastically on board with the new $694 million version and a companion measure that would shut off a program created by Obama granting work permits to immigrants brought here illegally as kids. The second bill also seemed designed to prevent the more than 500,000 people who've already gotten work permits under the program from renewing them, ultimately making them subject to deportation.
Votes on both measures were expected later Friday.
"It's dealing with the issue that the American people care about more than any other, and that is stopping the invasion of illegal foreign nationals into our country," said Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. "And we got to yes."
But Obama said no. "They're not even trying to solve the problem," the president said. "I'm going to have to act alone, because we do not have enough resources."
Obama said he would reallocate resources where he could, while making clear his options were limited without congressional action.
The moves in the House came on what was to have been the first day of lawmakers' five-week summer recess, delayed by GOP leaders after their vote plans unexpectedly collapsed on Thursday. Senators had already left Washington after killing their own legislation on the border crisis, so there was no prospect of reaching a final deal. But three months before midterm elections, House Republicans were determined to show that they, at least, could take action to address the crisis involving tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors fleeing violence and poverty in Central America to cross illegally into South Texas.
"It would be irresponsible and unstatesmanlike to head home for the month without passing a bill to address this serious, present crisis on the border," said Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., chairman of the Appropriations Committee.
To reach a deal, GOP leaders had to satisfy the demands of a group of a dozen or more conservative lawmakers who were meeting behind the scenes with Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and taking their cues from outside groups such as the Heritage Foundation that opposed earlier versions of the legislation.
These lawmakers objected to sending any more money to Obama without a strong stance against his two-year-old deportation relief program, which Republicans blame for causing the current border crisis by creating the perception that once here, young migrants would be allowed to stay -- a point the administration disputes.
House GOP leaders agreed earlier in the week to hold a separate vote to prevent Obama from expanding the deportation relief program, but that didn't satisfy conservatives who held out for stronger steps.
Thursday night, those lawmakers huddled in the basement of the Capitol with new House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., until coming up with a deal ending funding for the deportation relief program as well as making changes to the border bill aimed at ensuring the faster removal of the Central American migrant youths.
Friday morning, as the full Republican caucus met in the Capitol, conservative lawmakers were declaring victory.
"I'm very satisfied," said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, the leading immigration hardliner in the House.
The GOP plans met with howls of protest from immigration advocates and Democrats, who warned Republicans that they'd be alienating Latino voters for years to come.
"If you tell people that you think they're criminals, that you think they're simply bringing diseases, that they're bringing drugs, then you treat them as invaders, they kind of think you don't like them," said Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. "They're going to believe you don't like them, and they're not going to vote for you."
The new GOP border bill adds $35 million more for the National Guard, which would go to reimburse states for guard deployments. Like earlier versions, it would increase spending for overwhelmed border agencies, add more immigration judges and detention spaces, and alter a 2008 anti-trafficking law to permit Central American kids to be sent back home without deportation hearings. That process is currently permitted only for unaccompanied minors arriving from Mexico and Canada.
The bill would pay for strapped border agencies only for the final two months of this budget year, falling far short of the $3.7 billion Obama initially requested to deal with the crisis into next year. More than 57,000 unaccompanied youths have arrived since October, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, plus tens of thousands more migrants traveling as families.
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