The Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated: 09/18/2008 04:00:32 PM MDT
Salt Lake County has paid $75,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a former Lehi police officer who hanged himself in a metro jail cell. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court by the wife, children and parents of Art Henderson, alleged that jail personnel ignored warnings that the ex-lawman was suicidal. The county did not admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement. Judge Bruce Jenkins dismissed the lawsuit on Wednesday. Henderson allegedly fired shots in Lehi on Jan. 27, 2006, at his estranged wife and her boyfriend, then at responding officers. He was booked into the metro jail in South Salt Lake the next day on attempted murder charges and found hanged on April 19, 2006. Nate Bryan, a spokesman for the District Attorney's Office, said a county insurance policy covered the settlement.
- [UT] Lehi Police Chief Chad Smith says he loves. - Before this most recent article I had read in various pieces of this chief's love and hurt - while still being able to (regrettably) fire an officer when he needs to do that.
- [UT] DIVORCE DISPUTE-RESOLUTION TOOLS FOR EX-SWAT OFFICER HENDERSON - "...Ten felony charges were filed by the county attorney's office against Art Henderson of Highland, who was fired from the Lehi Police Department in 2004. Art Henderson faces five attempted aggravated murder counts in addition to aggravated assault, criminal mischief domestic violence and unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle counts related to the Jan. 27 incident. Alternative counts of attempted murder and two aggravated assault counts have also been filed for three of the attempted aggravated murder charges...
- [Update to Officer Henderson is here under another post] - ...and earlier today Utah ex-Lehi SWAT Officer Henderson hung himself in his jail cell (after shooting at his wife, her boyfriend, and the officers who responded)...