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Body camera video shows man pointing gun at deputies before he’s killed

Body camera video released by the Weber County Attorney’s Office appears to show Cody Jay Hadley, 32, pointing a gun at deputies who ordered him to “come out with your hands up” on Oct. 23, 2020. He was shot and killed by Weber County sheriff’s deputies.
Weber County Attorney’s Office

HUNTSVILLE, Weber County — A man who investigators believe was high on methamphetamine and distraught over family issues was shot and killed after charging at deputies while pointing a handgun at them.

That’s according to video released by the Weber County Attorney’s Office, whose investigation team is still reviewing the officer-involved shooting of Cody Jay Hadley, 32, on Oct. 23. On Tuesday, body camera video from the responding Weber County sheriff’s deputies and the 911 call placed by a resident were released.

About 10:40 p.m. on that night, a woman called 911 to report that someone had broken into the camping trailer parked in her driveway, and shots were fired.

“We have somebody out in our trailer, he’s got a gun,” she told emergency dispatchers in a recording of the call.

After a couple minutes, the woman told the dispatcher, “There goes two, two more,” referring to shots being fired.

As two deputies arrived at the scene, one grabbed his rifle and positioned himself outside the trailer.

“Sheriff’s office, everyone inside the trailer come outside,” the deputy is heard calling out on body camera video. “Come out with your hands up.”

After a moment of silence and not seeing anything, the deputy sees two feet between the trailer and an RV parked nearby. The deputy can be heard ordering the person to come out from the hiding space with his hands up.

As Hadley comes out from between the trailer and and RV, he immediately begins running toward the deputies, raises a handgun and points it at the deputies.

After yelling several times, “Drop the gun!” deputies fired at least seven shots, killing Hadley.

The deputies who fired shots were placed on administrative leave while the investigation takes place under the officer-involved incident protocol. The Weber County Attorney’s Office on Tuesday said investigators have learned so far that Hadley was holding a .40-caliber handgun when he was shot — and that he was under the influence of meth and “distraught over family issues” at the time.

Hadley is survived by his wife and three young sons, according to his obituary. On a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for his children, the author noted that Haldy “missed his dad dearly and struggled with the grief of his loss.”