OGDEN -- Interim Police Chief Wayne Tarwater said Tuesday he believes the release of police tapes from the Jan. 4 shooting is a good thing, allowing the public to hear what happened.
Listeners can hear what the police went through and that, despite the dangerous situation, both veteran and young officers were able "to think on their feet" and perform well, he said.
Tarwater credits that to good training.
"You can't cut the emotions out. They're there, but (the officers) simply push it back and do their job," he said.
In the tapes, Sgt. Steve Zaccardi is taking a wounded officer to the hospital instead of waiting for an ambulance.
"It's not always the best answer, but sometimes it's the only answer," Tarwater said.
He could not say for certain which officer Zaccardi took to the hospital.
The officers or their families contact Tarwater each day, and as far as he knows, they are "improving day to day," he said.
The internal investigation into the shooting is continuing.
-- Standard-Examiner reporter Michael McFall