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West Valley Police trying to put rumors to rest in Danielle Willard shooting

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – West Valley Police want to put an end to rumors surrounding the Danielle Willard case. Wednesday they held a press conference to answers questions and apologize for how they handled the situation early on.
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – West Valley Police want to put an end to rumors surrounding the Danielle Willard case. Wednesday they held a press conference to answers questions and apologize for how they handled the situation early on.

When it comes to the death of Danielle Willard, West Valley City is saying it messed up.

But they didn't, and just weeks after her death the lack of information sparked outrage from protestors.

"We deserve to know what happened, her parents deserve to know what happened," said one protestor. 

"Everything is in the shadows and we need to know the real story," said another protestor.

Supposedly police thought they saw Willard buy drugs, when detectives confronted her in her car, she backed up into a police cruiser and they opened fire.

"Miss Willard was struck and killed as a result of the gunfire,’' said Sgt. Jason Hauer during a previous press conference.

Rumors spread that West Valley was trying to cover it up, and wasn't cooperating with the Salt Lake County District Attorney looking into the case. But when Reporter Brian Carlson talked to the D.A. Wednesday he said that isn't true.

"The two detectives who were there I couldn't have been happier with their professionalism in terms of the information they brought to us," said Sim Gill, Salt Lake County District Attorney.

Although rumors are being answered and police are releasing more information, one of the biggest questions that are still out there is - Where police justified shooting Danielle Willard? The District Attorney said it may awhile before his office knows that answer.

"We're going to be as quick as we can, but we're also going to be very thorough. So it's going to take a little bit of time, but my goal is not going to take a single day longer we have to," said Gill.

Here's what's happening next, Thursday West Valley police will make their final presentation of their investigation to the District Attorney. He tells Carlson after that he'll have a better idea of how long it's going to take before we know the whole story, and what becomes of the detectives who killed Danielle Willard.

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