Activists fuming, demand cops be fired after armed sexual assault suspect fatally shot by police

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OGDEN, UT- Law Enforcement Today was first made aware of this story thanks to “activists” who reached out demanding officers who “murdered” an “innocent man” be fired.  But now the truth is out.

The Weber County Sheriff’s Office has released body cam video of the February officer-involved fatal shooting of an armed sexual assault suspect. 

According to reports, the incident began on February 6th in the 100-block of 26th Street when police responded to a call about a woman who had been sexually assaulted and robbed. The victim also had her car stolen by her attacker. 

Close to three and a half hours later, police spotted her stolen vehicle near 30th Street and Washington Boulevard. Officers pulled the car over near a gas station, and according to audio from one of the officer’s police radio, officers approached the vehicle with their weapons drawn.

The driver, later identified as 28-year-old Dino Paul Morales, fled on foot. Officers chased Morales through an alley and into a residential neighborhood. Body cam video shows that the officers followed footprints in the snow that led to them to an open garage in the 2900-block of Grant Avenue.

The video shows an officer look inside of the door of the open garage and him walking around to the back of it. The officer is heard saying to dispatch:

“I’ve got footsteps, still heading west.”

The officer approached a red pickup truck that was parked inside of the garage-like structure. Pointing his weapon at the truck, the officer yelled:

“Show me your hands! Show me your hands!”

The video shows Morales pop his head up in the back of the truck, pretending as if he belonged here. He said to the officer:

“What do you mean? This is my house, dude.”

The officer ordered Morales to show his hands, but the suspect ignored the verbal commands and kept his right hand concealed behind him as he stood up.

The officer said to dispatch:

“He’s got a gun.”

Body cam footage confirms that Morales had a silver handgun in his right hand as he straddled the back of the truck and sat down. The officer ordered him to drop the gun.

He said:

“Drop the (expletive) gun.”

In the video, Morales replied twice by saying:

“Nope.”

The video then shows that after Morales refused to drop the gun, the officers opened fired. Reportedly, officers fired a total of nine shots and Morales fell back into the bed of the pickup truck.

Officers immediately surrounded the truck and ordered the wounded man to drop his gun, but they did not get a response. The body cam video showed officers holding Morales at gunpoint, who at some point appeared to have lost consciousness. 

Other responding officers then jumped in the back of the truck to remove Morales’ weapon and render aid. Authorities confirmed that Morales died on scene and police recovered a Ruger .380 handgun with 15 rounds in it next to Morales. 

According to authorities, Morales was a convicted felon who was restricted from possessing a handgun. Police added that Morales was from California and that he had not been in Utah for very long.

Investigators said that Morales had no connection to the house where he was found and the homeowners did not know that he was in their shed. 

Two Ogden police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave as is the protocol for all officer-involved shootings. The Weber County Force Investigation Team’s investigation of the officer-involved shooting is ongoing.

The team’s report will be forwarded to the Weber County Attorney’s Office for review.

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Man paroled for murdering Utah trooper arrested again for enticing a child

January 24th, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – A 60-year-old man who had spent over 40 years in prison for the murder of a Utah Highway Patrol trooper, has since been rearrested on new charges relating to inappropriate communications with a minor after having been paroled for the murder in February of 2020.

Back on November 7th of 1978, a then-18-year-old Brian Keith Stack shot Trooper Ray Lynn Pearson following a minor traffic stop on state route 20 – with the trooper not knowing that Stack was a wanted fugitive at the time.

Trooper Pearson died from the sustained gunshot wound, and Stack was later arrested for the murder of the trooper following a brief chase that ended in Stack crashing a stolen vehicle.

However, Stack was granted parole in September of 2019 and found himself being released in February of 2020.

What led to Stack’s latest arrest and charges, allegedly began on January 2nd of 2021. It was on that day that officials say Stack began conversing with an undercover officer who was posing as a 14-year-old girl on social media.

During the alleged exchanges between the suspect and the undercover posing as a minor online, Stack would keep the conversation going and during those interactions with the undercover was alleged to have requested inappropriate pictures and the performance of sexual acts.

Brian Keith Stack mugshot
Brian Keith Stack – Salt Lake County Jail

Per the arrest affidavit, the following is noted about these alleged conversations:

“Brian continued the message conversation and eventually began to request sexual acts from the female. Brian requested nude photographs several times from the female and suggested he take nude pics of the female when they met.”

It was further alleged in the arrest affidavit that Stack had also sent nude pictures of himself to the undercover officer.

Police then went in to make an arrest via a sting, with arrangements being made between the suspect and the undercover to meet up in Salt Lake City on January 21st.

Once Stack had arrived at the location agreed to meet up with the undercover, that was when police took the suspect into custody.

Stack has since been booked within the Salt Lake County Jail, reportedly facing charges of enticing a minor, dealing in harmful materials to a minor, and sexual exploitation of a minor.

We at Law Enforcement Today had first reported on Stack back in September of 2019, after his parole had been granted. 

Here’s the background on what led to his release prior to his latest arrest. 

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A community is struggling to understand a parole board’s decision to release a convicted murderer of a Utah State Trooper not just once, but for the second time in two years.

Brian Keith Stack has been behind bars since he gunned down Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Ray Lynn Pierson back in 1978. Stack, 18-years-old at the time of the murder, was being pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. But the trooper was unaware that the man was a fugitive from Illinois, and had just fled Cove Fort after stealing gas.

Trooper Pierson, 29, approached Stack’s truck and made contact with the man.  

“While talking to the driver, the man suddenly produced a .357 caliber handgun and shot Trooper Pierson, striking him in the heart,” the Utah Highway Patrol said.  

He was hit and fell to the ground, somehow managing to squeeze of six rounds from his service weapon as Stack ran from the scene.

They brutally murdered two Utah troopers. Now they're going free.
Brian Stack shot and killed a Utah State Trooper. Now, a parole board is granting him his freedom. (Utah State Prison)

Pierson fell to the side of the road and was found by a passerby. He tragically died from the encounter with Stack, leaving behind a pregnant wife, Darlene, two sons and a daughter.

But Stack wasn’t done. He continued to flee, only stopping after smashing his truck into a blockade setup by police. Officers fired upon the truck in an attempt to stop the homicidal fugitive. Police said that after the chase was over, investigators counted 87 bullet holes in Stack’s vehicle, with 11 of those piercing the windshield. 

Somehow, with all of those rounds flying and with the crash that ended the chase, Stack only suffered a minor injury from part of a shotgun blast to the head. It was easily treated, sources say.

When Stack was brought to trial, he traded a guilty plea for prosecutors taking the death penalty off the table. Instead, the 18-year-old convicted murderer was sentenced to life in prison. In Utah in 1978, life in prison without the possibility of parole was not an option for judges yet. 

But now Pierson’s family is firing back at the parole board’s decision to release the killer. They say the judge was clear when he crossed out the word “indeterminate” when sentencing Stack of ‘up to’ life in prison. 

They brutally murdered two Utah troopers. Now they're going free.
UHP Trooper Pierson was killed in November of 1978. In a few months, his killer goes free. (UHP)

The family members of the slain Utah trooper went to Stack’s parole hearing to voice their concern over his release. In addition to their recommendation that the board keep Stack behind bars for the rest of his life because of the heinous nature of his crimes, they also said that since he’s been locked up for so long, he would have an incredibly difficult time reacclimatizing to the changed world.

It’s a very different place than it was in 1978. 

The board recognized that Stack had been a relatively model inmate, having only a few reports of minor violations, including an instance where he made alcohol in his cell and sold it to other inmates.

But the parole board has the final say when it comes to the state inmates, and they approved his release.

Stack is now 59-years-0ld and is set to be released from the Utah correctional facility in February of 2020. 

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