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Police Officer Joseph Dan Adams | Lehi Police Department, Utah Lehi Police Department, Utah

Police Officer

Joseph Dan Adams

Lehi Police Department, Utah

End of Watch: Saturday, August 4, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 8J13

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/3/2001

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Joseph Adams was shot and killed during a traffic stop of a DUI suspect at approximately 1100 hours near the junction of West and I-15.

He was working a special four-hour DUI enforcement assignment when he stopped a suspected drunk driver. Officer Adams was attempting to arrest the man after the man failed several field sobriety tests and had managed to handcuff one of the man's wrists.

The suspect suddenly pulled out a small caliber handgun and fired a shot over his shoulder, striking Officer Adams. As Officer Adams fell to the ground, he was able to draw his weapon and return fire, striking the suspect twice and critically wounding him. The suspect was able to return to his vehicle and flee. After the shooting, a passenger in the suspect's vehicle exited the car and attempted to offer medical assistance to Officer Adams as the suspect fled. The person also called 911 to get assistance for Officer Adams. Officer Adams was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries shortly after midnight.

The suspect was convicted of Officer Adams' murder in 2002 and sentenced to life without parole.

Officer Adams was a Utah National Guard veteran and had served with the Lehi Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife and 7-month-old son.

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Joe, I have been reflecting a great deal over the past few weeks as the anniversary of your sacrifice approached. 15 years seems like such a long time but in many ways it seems not so long ago at all. I miss your friendship a great deal. I miss the graveyard shifts that we worked together and had so much fun.

LT Kenny Rose
Lehi Police Department
August 5, 2016

 

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