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On June 6, 2017, in Sandy, Utah, Jeremy Patterson rammed his truck into a vehicle and opened fire on the riders, killing two and injuring two before killing himself. This was the result of an apparent domestic dispute between Patterson and his ex-girlfriend Memorez Rackley, who was killed in the attack. Rackley had contacted the police before the incident concerning threats from her ex-boyfriend, and she was ineligible to acquire a protective order because of the nature of their relationship. The Utah police departments involved in the case said they were reviewing their response procedures in cases of domestic violence, and the Utah State Legislature passed legislation meant to stop similar incidents from happening in Utah.

Sandy, Utah attack
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After the attack, blue ribbons were placed on a nearby tree to honor the victims.
LocationSandy, Utah, U.S.
Coordinates40°35′40″N 111°49′37″W / 40.594380°N 111.826842°W / 40.594380; -111.826842Coordinates: 40°35′40″N 111°49′37″W / 40.594380°N 111.826842°W / 40.594380; -111.826842
DateJune 6, 2017 (2017-06-06)
3:45 p.m.[1]
TargetMemorez Rackley
Attack type
Murder–suicide
WeaponsTruck, gun
Deaths3 (including the perpetrator)[2]
Non-fatal injuries
2[2]
PerpetratorJeremy Patterson

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BackgroundEdit

At the time of the attack, Jeremy Patterson was 32 years old, and Memorez Rackley was 39 years old with two sons, 11-year-old Myles and 6-year-old Jase. Rackley lived near Brookwood Elementary School and her husband had moved to a different residence in Sandy.[3] Both Patterson and Rackley were bodybuilders and both had the same personal trainer from West Jordan, Utah.[4] Rackley and Patterson entered into a relationship,[5] which ended on June 1, 2017. The next day, Patterson threatened to kill Rackley's son Jase and posted revenge porn images of Rackley on Instagram.[6]

On June 3, 2017, three days before the shooting, Rackley made three separate 9-1-1 calls. She told police that her ex-boyfriend was threatening her and her family. The police told Patterson to stop contacting Rackley, and advised Rackley to stay with a friend until she could get a protective order.[2] The police did not treat the situation as a case of domestic violence because Patterson and Rackley were not married or living together.[7] In the following days, Patterson sent private Instagram posts to Rackley with memes and messages which threatened her and accused her of keeping their relationship a secret.[8]

On June 5, Patterson told his sister, mother, and one of his friends that he wanted to kill or hurt Rackley and her sons.[6] Three hours before the shooting, an anonymous tipster, later identified as one of Patterson's friends, called 9-1-1 and told the dispatcher that Patterson wanted to kill his ex-girlfriend and then himself. A police officer from nearby Draper, Utah, investigated this tip, but police said it was not enough to stop the attack.[9][6]

AttackEdit

 
The attack started at Brookwood Elementary School in Sandy, Utah.

According to the police, Memorez Rackley and Jeremy Patterson were seen arguing near Brookwood Elementary School on June 6, 2017.[4] A woman driving an SUV saw the argument, pulled over, and allowed Rackley and her sons to ride in the SUV with the driver's daughter. Rackley, the driver, and an observer all attempted to call 9-1-1.[6] After they drove a couple of blocks, Patterson rammed his truck into the SUV and opened fire on the family, killing Memorez and her son Jase, before killing himself.[10] Reported injuries from the attack included the female driver's 8-year-old daughter, who was shot in the leg, and Myles Rackley, who was shot in the neck.[4] They were both treated in stable condition, though Myles was also in critical condition.[11] An autopsy report found Patterson's blood had "no illicit drugs or alcohol".[6]

AftermathEdit

 
Sandy's Community of Grace Presbyterian Church expressed support for the attack's victims.

Sandy's community and religious leaders encouraged people to support those affected by the incident. A memorial fund and GoFundMe account were set up to give financial support for the Rackley family.[12][1] Some of the Rackleys' friends and neighbors constructed a memorial for the family with flowers, stuffed animals, and cards.[13] Memorez and Jase were buried at a cemetery in West Jordan on June 20, 2017.[14]

The police in Draper and Sandy said the incident caused them to review their procedures for handling 9-1-1 calls and domestic violence cases.[7] State officials said they were trying to get cases involving dating couples classified as domestic violence.[15] In early January 2018, Senator Todd Weiler and Representative Angela Romero introduced legislation which would make anyone who has had a sexual relationship eligible to acquire a protective order, which could expire over time.[16] The bill passed the Utah State Senate on January 22, 2018 with unanimous support.[17][18] In early March 2018, Utah senators revised the bill to allow confiscated weapons in stalking cases to be returned.[19] After the bill passed the Utah House of Representatives, it was signed by Utah Governor Gary Herbert on March 19, 2018, and went into effect on May 8, 2018.[20][21]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Weber, Sara (June 7, 2017). "Child killed in Sandy shooting was a kindergarten student, school district confirms". KUTV. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Romero, McKenzie (June 13, 2017). "Woman killed in Sandy told police ex-boyfriend would 'hunt me and my children down'". Deseret News. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  3. ^ Carlisle, Nate; Frandsen, Tiffany; Manson, Pamela (June 13, 2017). "'Oh, these people are shot all over the street.' Sandy police release 911 calls of shooting that killed mother, child". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Ramseth, Luke (June 13, 2017). "Rackley boy shot in neck is awake and expected to make a full recovery". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Ramseth, Luke (June 13, 2017). "Utah woman reported relentless stalking before she was killed". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e Reavy, Pat (January 31, 2018). "'It's so twisted but I want her to die': Final reports give timeline of tragic Utah murders". Deseret News. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Whitehurst, Lindsay (June 16, 2017). "Police weigh changes after Utah shooting killed mom, son". Deseret News. Associated Press. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  8. ^ Romero, McKenzie (June 7, 2017). "Gunman made threats in Instagram post against woman he killed". Deseret News. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "Utah cops got anonymous tip hours before man fatally shot his ex, her son, himself". CBS News. June 15, 2017. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  10. ^ Whitehurst, Lindsay (June 9, 2017). "Police: Driver stopped when she saw argument before shooting". Fox News. Associated Press. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  11. ^ "Sandy, Utah shooting victims include kindergartner, 2 adults". CBS News. June 7, 2017. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  12. ^ Romero, McKenzie; Knox, Annie (June 8, 2017). "Community gathers in interfaith effort to heal after shooting". Deseret News. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  13. ^ Harris, Jeremy (June 7, 2017). "'We all love them,' neighbors craft memorial to victims of Sandy shooting". KUTV. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  14. ^ Romero, McKenzie (June 20, 2017). "Family says goodbye to dedicated mother, spirited son killed in tragic attack". Deseret News. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  15. ^ Whitehurst, Lindsay (June 20, 2017). "Chief Weighs Change, Defends Tactics After Slayings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  16. ^ Beeby, Glen (January 5, 2018). "Lawmakers propose more protections for domestic violence victims". Good4Utah. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  17. ^ Winslow, Ben (January 22, 2018). "The Utah State Legislature kicks off with a lawsuit threat against Big Pharma". Fox 13. KSTU. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  18. ^ Whitehurst, Lindsay (January 26, 2018). "Utah eyes change to domestic violence law after woman killed". The Eagle. Associated Press. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  19. ^ Knox, Annie (March 7, 2018). "Vigil honors those slain in domestic violence as lawmakers debate". Deseret News. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  20. ^ "S.B. 27 Relationship Violence and Offenses Amendments". Utah State Legislature. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  21. ^ Jones, Chris (June 5, 2018). "June 6th marks 1 year anniversary of murder of Memorez Rackely, son". KUTV. Retrieved June 23, 2018.

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