A statement from the Utah County attorney’s office on Saturday said, “Preliminary evidence suggests that Mr. Hunt brandished the sword and lunged toward the officers with the sword, at which time Mr. Hunt was shot.” Police had described it as a samurai sword.
The Hunts’ attorney, Randall Edwards, said in a statement that an independent autopsy revealed that Hunt was shot numerous times, “all from the rear.”
"This is consistent with statements made by witnesses on the scene, who report that Darrien was shot to death while running away from the police," Edwards said. "It would appear difficult, if not impossible, to reconcile these facts with a story that Darrien was lunging toward the officers when he was shot. We continue to hope that a full investigation will reveal the whole truth about this tragedy."
Moss [Hunt’s aunt] said the 3-foot sword strapped to Hunt’s back was a decorator piece that is more of a toy, but it “does look like a sword from a distance.” She said the blade is rounded and would not cut much.
So, the guy either lunged at police with a three foot toy sword, as they say, or else he was carrying a three foot toy sword and he was shot numerous times from behind as he ran away, as witnesses say and the autopsy suggests.
I assume we’ll be asked to give police the benefit of the doubt because, you know, autopsies and multiple witnesses might be wrong, and the police might have felt themselves to be in immediate danger from his toy sword, despite the fact that the above photo, taken shortly before Hunt was shot to death, doesn’t in any way demonstrate them to be.
As his aunt notes: "He was listening to his music, and maybe swinging his sword around to it at times. You don’t deserve to be killed for that. … A lot of people who went to Comic Con last week probably looked a little different, too, in their costumes. Do we want them gunned down when they are just trying to have a fun day?"