- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The former West Valley City police officer charged with manslaughter for shooting a 21-year-old woman during a drug investigation made a brief initial appearance in court Tuesday.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1ssvtrJ) 33-year-old Shaun Cowley left the courtroom quickly and did not comment to reporters.

Prosecutors say Cowley fired at unarmed Danielle Willard as she backed her car out of a parking spot during a 2012 drug investigation. He has said his life was in danger, but prosecutors say Cowley was standing on the side of the car.

Cowley’s attorney Lindsay Jarvis has called the decision to prosecute the former officer “incredibly disappointing” and says Cowley continues to maintain his innocence.

Cowley was released from the Salt Lake County Jail in June after posting $10,000 bail.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide