Everett Gist, Jr.

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Service Record

Utah Department of Corrections

Rank Agent
Dates of Service 2018[1]-December 2020[2]
Salary $97,357[3]
Last Known Status Terminated[2]

Moab City Utah Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Ended September 2021[2]
Last Known Status Terminated.[4]


2021 Purple Heart and Medal of Merit

Gist received a Purple Heart and Medal of Merit for his actions during a domestic violence incident. Gist was also nominated and approved to receive a Medal of Valor, but he was terminated before he received the award.[5]

Incident Reports

2020 Death of John Coleman

On May 28, 2020, Coleman's wife called police to report that Coleman had beaten her and threatened to murder her. Two Ogden Utah Police Department officers responded, as did Gist and another Corrections officer. Coleman shot and killed Odgen Officer Nathan Lyday, and shot Gist as he pulled Lyday from the scene. Officers returned fire, killing Coleman.[6]

The incident was captured by body-worn cameras.[5]

2020 Social Media Comments

An investigation by the Utah Department of Corrections found that Gist had made social media posts that were insulting to Muslims, Latinos, and Native Americans. Gist also wrote that he "just wanted to punch" people who didn't support President Donald Trump. The postings were made from 2016 through 2020.[2][5]

Response Timeline

In October 2020, the director of Utah Adult Probation and Parole (part of the Utah Department of Corrections) gave Gist notice that he would be fired.[2]

In December 2020, Gist was formally terminated.[2]

2021 Service Comments

On September 28, 2021, Moab City Utah Police Department Officer Gist used the police radio channel to discuss that he was no longer working with the department. He used vulgarities in reference to the town's assistant police chief.[2]

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