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Police release body camera footage from fatal officer-involved shooting

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah police have released video footage recorded when an off-duty officer fatally shot a man who they say pulled a knife during a drug arrest Wednesday.

The video played during a press conference Friday shows an initially calm interaction that started when West Valley City police detective Jason Vincent spotted a man slumped over in a car.

PHOTO: In the video's still clip (above), suspect Jeffrey R. Nielson, is seated in his truck, struggling with officers, trying to retrieve the butcher knife to escape arrest. The Draper City Police Department released  footage from Sgt. Davis Harris' body camera of the officer involved shooting Jan. 14, 2015, during a press conference Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Jeffrey R. Nielson, 34, was shot and killed by West Valley City officer Jason Vincent in a Draper neighborhood Wednesday morning. In the video, Nielson broke free of the officers while they were changing handcuffs on Nielson, ran to the truck and pulled the butcher knife from the glove box while trying to escape arrest. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Leah Hogsten)
In the video's still clip (above), suspect Jeffrey R. Nielson, is seated in his truck, struggling with officers, trying to retrieve the butcher knife to escape arrest. The Draper City Police Department released footage from Sgt. Davis Harris' body camera of the officer involved shooting Jan. 14, 2015, during a press conference Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Jeffrey R. Nielson, 34, was shot and killed by West Valley City officer Jason Vincent in a Draper neighborhood Wednesday morning. In the video, Nielson broke free of the officers while they were changing handcuffs on Nielson, ran to the truck and pulled the butcher knife from the glove box while trying to escape arrest. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Leah Hogsten)

Draper Police Chief Bryan Roberts says police found heroin on 34-year-old Jeffrey Nielson of Sandy and were handcuffing him when he broke free, ran back to his car and pulled a large kitchen knife.

Roberts says the camera worn by a backup Draper officer was knocked off during the struggle and the final, fatal seconds of the encounter were recorded on audio but not video.

Roberts says it shows police acted professionally.

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