Chief Jack Carruth, of the South Salt Lake Police Department in Utah, sadly reports the death of Officer David Romrell.
Officer Romrell, 31, died as a result of injuries he sustained when he was struck by a vehicle. Romrell and his partner responded to a 911 call of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, two suspects were observed fleeing the business and entering their vehicle.
As the suspects fled the scene, the driver of the vehicle intentionally struck Romrell. As a result, Romrell’s partner fired upon the vehicle striking the driver and killing him. The passenger in the suspect vehicle fled on foot. However, he was later captured with the assistance of a canine unit.
Romrell was transported to the Intermountain Medical Center in critical condition. Nevertheless, he succumbed to his injuries during emergency surgery. Consequently, his body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.
“As much as we know the risk of this job, we’re not prepared for this. It’s taken us by surprise. It’s very painful,” an emotional Chief Carruth said. “He did everything right but was targeted by this vehicle as it fled.”
Romrell is the first officer of the South Salt Lake Police Department to be killed in the line of duty. He served the department for eleven months. Moreover, he is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and was deployed several times during his active military duty.
BREAKING: South Salt Lake Police Officer David Romrell, who was critically injured after being hit by a car while police say he was responding to a burglary, has died from his injuries, South Salt Lake Police Chief Jack Carruth confirmed in a press conference just now. pic.twitter.com/slIJMBOkvU
— KSL 5 TV (@KSL5TV) November 25, 2018
We express our deepest sympathies to SSLPD & the family & friends of Officer David Romrell.
We know all too well the pain of walking this dark road & we stand in support of you during this very difficult time.
Rest In Peace, Officer Romrell. pic.twitter.com/trRXaoUujF
— WVC Police (@WVCPD) November 25, 2018
His wife and four-month-old child survive him.
Officer David Romrell is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Saturday, November 24, 2018.