Corrections Officer Stephen Anderson was just doing his job, escorting a prisoner to have an MRI done at the University of Utah, on Monday, June 25, when he was shot and killed by white supremacist Curtis Allgier.
Anderson was a father and grandfather, active in his church and community, and he was, as I said before, JUST DOING HIS JOB. Unfortunately, his job is one of the hardest ones out there.
Allgier, after the murder, short-lived escape, and recapture, has talked extensively to the media.
He claims he did not ever intend to kill Stephen Anderson. I disagree.
“I just got recently sentenced to 104 months with the Feds and I lost everything I had. I lost all my people pretty much. My dad’s dying, my lady’s just gone. I lost everything and so when the MRI was done, I went back in the room, I put my jumpsuit back on, and I told him, I said, ‘Look, I’m going out that door and you’re not going to stop me. So just let me walk out the door. Call the cops when you’re done, do what you gotta do, but just let me walk out that door.’ And instead, he just rushed me. When he rushed me, he grabbed me, and he had one hand on my ****, and the other hand was wrapped around me. And I’m like, ‘Dude, let go. Let me go out the door.’ And I wasn’t trying to hit him; I wasn’t trying to hurt him. He just kept going.
“So finally, we start fighting and he grabbed his gun and starts swinging his gun around. And I put my shoulder into him so it would drop and it fell to the ground. And then he kept trying to fight, and I’m like dude just let me go and he wouldn’t let me go. So I grabbed the gun, and I’m like, ‘Look, now I’ve got your gun, and I’m going out that door. Let me go, and call who you gotta to call when you’re done.’ And he wouldn’t let go and he wouldn’t let go, so I started going to the door. When I reached for the door handle, I had one hand on the handle and he would not let me go. So I hit him with the gun and it went off. He dropped, I ran out of the room.”
When Anderson told everyone, via his explanation, that he was “going out that door” and that nothing would have stopped him, he admitted that his intent was to escape at all costs. The cost ended up being the life of Stephen Anderson.
I do not know how this will play out in court, but in my mind, Allgier had every intention of killing anyone who stood in his way, and he certainly didn’t expect a trained corrections officer, who carried a gun to GUARD his prisoner, to just LET HIM WALK OUT, did he? The way Allgier tells the story, that is exactly what he DID expect.
One interview I listened to had him saying “I told him, you make $15 an hour, it’s not worth fighting me.”
Allgier, a heavily tattooed white supremacist, is hard to look at, and in my opinion, just as hard to listen to. He claims his reason for talking so extensively to the media is to assure that people don’t think he planned to kill Stephen Anderson, but I believe this is negated by the fact he admits he was going to escape NO MATTER WHAT IT TOOK.
I don’t know if his reasoning for the media barrage is an attempt to avoid the death penalty, and I’m no lawyer, but I think it backfired.
How about the rest of you?
Note: My sympathies go out to the family of Stephen Anderson.