Salt Lake's police chief admits that officers inadvertently released two fugitives accused of killing a Millard County sheriff's deputy just hours after the crime. Roberto Miramontes Roman and Ruben Chavez Reyes are accused of murdering 37-year-old Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox at a traffic stop early in the morning Jan. 5 near Delta. A community activist, Michael Clara, said the two suspects were not only in his neighborhood during a SWAT raid, but went unnoticed by officers.
Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank confirmed the two suspects were released by officers after they were evacuated from a home in the area and said "these things happen unfortunately."
Clara said Burbank needs to come clean and admit that he and his officers failed to protect the community.
"It's incredible that this happened and it would be comical if it wasn't so serious," said Clara. "But it's our city and hopefully the mayor and the chief will hold the police officers responsible or at the very least give them some training about what a containment field really is about."
Chief Burbank released a statement in response to the media coverage of the incident saying, "Obviously our information was correct that these murder suspects were in the area. How they got there, where they were while they were there, and who helped them are just a few questions in what is an ongoing homicide investigation."