Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 4 years
Badge # 8J13
Incident Date: 8/3/2001
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: Sentenced to life
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.