PROVO -- Some were friends, others family. They knew him at different levels, but most of the 100 or more people who braved the cold and wind in Provo’s Pioneer Park Monday evening to attend a candlelight vigil for Cody Evans remembered his smile.

Evans died Sunday when he was shot by Provo police thinking he was armed with a semi-automatic rifle. The gun turned out to be an Airsoft rifle that shoots plastic BBs.

“He had an infectious smile,” Christine Schlegel Rudd said. “He meant the world to me. I have known him for years. I actually dated him for a while.

“We need to raise awareness there should be better ways to disarm people in situations such as this. Now there are children without a father, grandparents without a grandson. There is a huge loss not only for this community but for his family as well. Friends have gathered here to remember him for the amazing person he was. One moment he is here and the next moment he is gone. It can happen to anybody. You never know.”

Her mother LeAnne Schlegel, agreed.

“It kind of makes it feel more like it could happen to anybody,” she said.

Friends and family shared a moment of silence in Evans’ memory, then shared some thoughts and memories of him. Many had candles and some carried balloons. The word of the tribute was put out on Facebook, said Emily Stone, one of the organizers, and the event happened the evening after he was shot.

Some brought their own candles to carry, while others had candles provided for them. It was a challenge to keep the candles lit with the wind blowing, but most found a way. Some carried blue or green star-shaped balloons. After a number of attendees shared their memories of Evans, they let go of their helium balloons and chanted “Rest in peace, Cody” as the balloons rose.

“I grew up with him,” one of his brothers said. “He was one of my best friends. I ended up messing up and he ended up correcting it. Let him rest in peace. He was a good guy.”

“He and I went to school together,” Tyler Voss of Provo said. “I liked him. He had a lot of spunk. He always wanted to be outdoors, just doing something. I couldn’t really remember him standing still too often. It is a shame what happened. It is really sad. He is definitely going to be missed.”

“I have known Cody since I was 13,” said Brittany Bishop of Herriman. “He was always a good friend, always looked out for you, didn’t judge you. He was always happy. You could feel his happy energy.”

Mark Zobell of Spanish Fork said Evans would do anything for you.

“He was a great kid,” he said. “He is pretty much family to us. We have known him and his family for years. He will be very much missed by all of these people. He was always there as a friend. If you needed anything he was there.”

Jennie Cunningham was another of his friends for years.

“It was great to know him growing up,” she said. “He had such a contagious smile. His friends and family are going to miss him a lot.”

Miranda Anderson agreed.

“He was always so happy, jumpy and joyful,” she said. “He would help anybody out. He would give the shift off his back for anyone.”

“The sky is the limit,” Tanna Deason said. “He was a good kid. This doesn’t deserve to happen to good people.”

Organizer Stone said she did not know Evans but appreciated those who did and cared enough to show their support at the event.

“It makes me kind of sad that people have to go through this,” she said.

{!—BC Bold—}Details released

Earlier on Monday Provo Police released the names of the officers involved in Sunday’s shooting.

Provo Police Officer Zac Lazenby and Utah County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Bagley were the officers who shot Evans after they thought he was about to fire on police.

According to a statement by Provo police chief John King, Bagley has 15 years of experience and Lazenby has eight.

Police also released details of the 911 call that initiated the incident. Provo Police said they would not release the actual recording of the 911 call until the final investigation is complete — which could take several months.

According to the police statement, police engaged in a 90-minute pursuit of Evans that ended in a shooting where officers were, “Fearing for their lives,” and shot Evans “with a total of three rounds from approximately 100 feet away. Evans passed away at the scene,” the statement said.

In a separate statement, King said “when called to respond to a dangerous situation, members of the Utah Valley law enforcement agencies deliberately placed themselves in harm’s way to keep the people of our county safe.”

The original 911 call was for a domestic violence incident at a woman’s residence at 1300 W 500 North in Provo.

“The victim tells the dispatcher that Cody Evans has a gun, but later describes it as a ‘BB gun’ and she says he is ‘going to use it when officers pull him over,’ “ the statement said.

Dispatch asked the caller to identify the gun, and she said the gun is black and “looks real,” the statement said. That information was relayed via radio to responding officers.

Lynn Porter, a family friend of Evans, said he didn’t think Evans would do anything like that, and would never “cause a scene.”

Police said officers located Evans inside his vehicle at the end of a cul-de-sac and spoke with him.

“Despite their attempts, Evans refuses to talk to officers. During this encounter, Evans displays a black rifle that looks like an AR-15 and racks the charging handle on it,” the police statement said.

The statement also says when officers saw the gun, it made a distinct “metal on metal” sound and they were “afraid” the gun was real, and immediately deployed ballistic shields for protection.

Police said Evans threatened he would shoot the gun and ram the police vehicles if they didn’t let him go.

“Evans revs his engine, and officers reposition their vehicles and deploy spike strips to prevent him from fleeing. Evans then drives over someone’s lawn to avoid the spike strips and escape,” the statement said. “Officers pursue Evans for a short distance, however after he runs a red light, and crosses a double yellow line threatening to ram an officer head on, officers determine that Evans’ actions have escalated to the point where the pursuit is too dangerous to continue.”

While officers continued to try to located Evans, police responded to the scene of the original domestic violence call. While there, one officer reportedly found a realistic-looking Airsoft rifle.

“One of the officers searching for Evans asks, ‘When he racked the rifle it didn’t sound like a pellet gun. Do you think that’s the fake one and maybe he has another one?’ The officer who located the Airsoft gun told the officer that he didn’t know,” reads the statement.

At about 9:30 a.m., officers located Evans’ vehicle and saw Evans, ordering him to show his hands. Evans was not carrying the toy weapon at the time, but “was gesturing like he was pointing a handgun” at officers, police said.

Evans then “ran to his truck, opened the door, pulled out the AR-15 style weapon, and pointed it directly at officers. Fearing for their lives, officers engaged Evans with a total of three rounds from approximately 100 feet away. Evans passed away at the scene,” the statement said.

Police said after the incident, detectives examined the rifle and discovered it was an Airsoft gun, which normally have an orange tip on the muzzle designating it as a toy, but the tip had been removed.

Police also discovered “actual firearms in the building from which Evans had exited,” the statement said.

In his statement, police chief King said officers reacted “as they were trained and showed great restraint during this stressful and highly charged incident.”

He said Evans was “repeatedly given opportunities to peacefully surrender and stop his destructive behavior.”

“Instead, he pointed the realistic looking assault rifle at the officers and forced the final action,” King said. “Anytime the police use deadly force it is appropriate for the public to question the need for such action.”

Utah County attorneys are investigating the situation, he said.

The Utah County Officer Involved Protocol Task Force investigating the shooting and death of Cody Evans should be able to give its findings in as little as two to three months, said Jeff R. Buhman, county attorney overseeing the investigations division.

“After investigating it will be referred to me to determine the decision,” Buhman said.

Buhman said two to three months wasn’t a long period of time since the task force treats the case as though it were a murder case.

{!—BC Bold—}Amy McDonald is the Politics and South County Reporter for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at (801) 344-2549 or amcdonald@heraldextra.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amymcdonald89