Police Officer Joseph Dan Adams

Police Officer Joseph Dan Adams

Lehi Police Department, Utah

End of Watch Saturday, August 4, 2001

Joseph Dan Adams

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.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 8J13
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, August 3, 2001
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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It has been over 17 years now; at times I can't believe it has been that long, it seems so much more recent. At other times it seems like so much more time has passed; that the calendar has slowed. We have accomplished much as a department since 2001, you would be proud of everyone.

I guess above all I just wanted to say that I miss you my friend.

LT Kenny Rose
Lehi City Police Department

August 27, 2018

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