HSU offers condolences to hero’s family and friends
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MURRAY, UT (June 8, 2017) -- Humane Society of Utah’s statement on the killing of Jeremy Hardman
Jeremy Hardman was killed after reportedly confronting a man who was beating his small Chihuahua dog at the corner of 4100 S 3600 W in West Valley City, Utah around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Witnesses say Hardman and his friend and co-worker, Jason Estes, saw the suspect repeatedly punching the small dog and pulled over to confront him. West Valley City police report that the suspect got into his car, made a U-turn and intentionally hit Hardman in the crosswalk. Hardman died at the scene.
The suspect sped away from the scene with the dog.
“We are deeply saddened by this unwarranted crime and the untimely death of Jeremy Hardman,” said Gene Baierschidt, HSU executive director. “We extend our sincerest condolences to Hardman’s friends and family. He was a hero in the truest sense of the word for selflessly stopping to defend a helpless animal in need, and his murder is most tragic.”
The Humane Society of Utah strongly advocates against animal abuse. “Animal cruelty is a serious crime against not only the animals but also our society as a whole,” said Baierschmidt.
Criminal records show animal abusers are five times more likely to be arrested for violent crimes and drug offenses.
West Valley City police are treating the case as a homicide and are searching for a muscular white or Hispanic male in his late 20s to 30s with brown hair in a “buzz” cut. The suspect was driving a black 2001-2005 model four-door Lexus. The vehicle has a modified, loud exhaust system, rear spoiler fin, temporary license plate and now a smashed windshield from the crash.
Anyone with information on the suspect or the suspect's car, please contact WVCPD at 801-840-4000.