Lake City, UT
— The Salt Lake County
District Attorney’s Office on Thursday filed charges against Torey Chase
Massey, 28, for the July 6, 2017 killing of police service dog “Dingo,” among
other criminal offenses.
D.A.’s Office alleged that Massey fled from police who were trying to arrest
him when he shot and killed the Unified Police Department service dog.
Massey is charged with five felonies and four misdemeanors.
outlined in more detail in the accompanying Declaration of Probable Cause (link below),
members of the United States Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Apprehension Strike
Team (“VFAST”) were conducting an operation to apprehend Massey, who was
allegedly a parole fugitive. Lieutenant Chad Reyes of the Unified Police
Department and his partner, Dingo, were among members of VFAST who attempted to
allegedly fled from police in his car and then on foot. Lieutenant Reyes
and Dingo pursued Massey. During the chase, it is alleged that Massey
fired a gun at Dingo and killed the dog.
set forth in the accompanying “Information” ( below), the D.A.’s Office charged Massey
with two counts of Possession or Use of a Dangerous Weapon by a Restricted
Person, both First-Degree Felonies. These charges are enhanced to
First-Degree Felonies pursuant to Utah State law which provides for a “Habitual
Offender” enhancement as outlined in the Information. A First-Degree
Felony is punishable by a maximum sentence of up to life in prison.
D.A.’s Office also charged Massey with Injuring a Police Service Animal, a
Third-Degree Felony, punishable by a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in
prison with a dangerous weapon enhancement. Massey is also charged with
two other Third-Degree Felonies. Massey is also charged with four Class A
misdemeanors which are each punishable by a maximum sentence of up to one year
D.A’s Office expresses its appreciation to the law enforcement professionals
who apprehended Massey, and condolences to Lt. Reyes on the loss of his partner
Dingo, and to the Unified Police Department and law enforcement professionals
on their loss of the police service dog.
persons accused of crimes are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty
in a court of law.