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Centerville: Officer pleaded with man to put gun down
by MELINDA WILLIAMS
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CENTERVILLE — A Centerville police officer pled with a man several times to put his gun down during a standoff Sunday afternoon, but the man refused and was fatally shot, police said Monday morning.

Vincent John Farrand, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene of the standoff, 550 S. 300 East., according to information released Monday morning by the department.

The incident began at 3:28 p.m., when dispatchers received a call from Farrand’s wife, who said her husband was upset with a friend whom he believed had made inappropriate advances to her, according to Assistant Chief Paul Child.

She told dispatchers that her husband was armed and was on the way to the friend’s home in Bountiful. She also told dispatch that her husband was suicidal. A few minutes after the initial call, dispatchers were advised that Ferrand had returned home.

Three officers arriving at the home saw the wife exit the home and an officer escorted her from the immediate area, Child said. Vincent Ferrand then came out of the home with a gun in his hand. One officer stayed with the wife, while the other two confronted Ferrand in the front yard.

Child said one of the officers asked several times that Ferrand put the gun down and take his finger from the trigger. “The officer explained to Vincent that he did nor want a confrontation and pled with him to put the gun down,” Child said.

The officer reported that Vincent instead pointed the handgun at the officer. and he fired more than once. “Only one of our officers fired shots, and at this time, we cannot say exactly how many shots were fired and how many of those shots struck Mr. Ferrand,” Child said.

Medical personnel attempted lifesaving care, but Ferrand was pronounced dead at 4:27 p.m., Child said.

The officer involved is on paid administrative leave, Child said. The department has had no previous contacts with Ferrand.

The case is being investigated by the Davis County Attorney’s Office and the Davis Counrt Officer Involved Critical Incident Investigation Protocol Team with Clearfield Police as the lead investigating agency.

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