Category: officer involved critical incident

Officer-involved critical incident inside city hall

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — An officer-involved critical incident occurred late Friday night inside the West Valley City Hall.

No further details were given, but Fox 13 will be meeting with a department spokesperson on site shortly.

This story will be updated when more information is available.

Metro Gang Unit officers cleared in fatal October 2018 shooting

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office has ruled two officers with the Metro Gang Unit were justified in their use of deadly force against a wanted felon last October.

The fatal shooting occurred in Salt Lake City on the night of October 18.

Officers located 23-year-old Andrey Tkachenko near 400 East and 300 South, where they chased two vehicles into a nearby alley and became involved in a confrontation.

Officers blocked the exit of the parking lot near the Peter Pan Apartments with their vehicles. When they approached Tkachenko, who was behind the wheel of a black Nissan Altima, he began to rev the engine and then sped toward the officers.

“Both detectives’ knees were grazed by Mr. Tkachenko’s car,” said Salt Lake District Attorney Sim Gill. “As he sped up towards them the detectives stopped firing when they realized they were no longer in danger.”

Gill said Tkachenko raised both of his hands and then began to lower one hand to his waistband, officers then broke through the driver’s side window to stop his movement and pulled him out of the car. A handgun was found in Tkachenko’s waistband.

Tkachenko suffered a gunshot wound during the confrontation and died on the way to the hospital.

The officers who were involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave, per standard protocol. The West Valley City Police Department conducted an investigation of the incident.

SLC Police release video after deadly altercation between suspected shoplifter and store employees

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Salt Lake City Police released body camera footage and other details Friday regarding a suspected shoplifter who died after an altercation with store employees.

Mischa Cox, 30, died earlier this month from injuries he suffered in the incident on May 2.

Police said Cox had stolen some items from an Ace Hardware store near 400 South and 600 East  and was confronted by employees, who held the man down until police arrived and put him into handcuffs.

“The officers asked dispatch to send medical, and another officer who had arrived began administering chest compressions,” Capt. Jeff Kendrick of Salt Lake City Police said during Friday’s press conference. “Medical personnel arrived on scene, and the suspect was taken out of cuffs. The medical care was turned over to Gold Cross. Cox was transported to an area hospital, where he later died.”

The death was classified as an officer-involved critical incident because Cox was put into handcuffs before officers realized he was having serious medical issues.

Unified Police are investigating the incident, as Utah law requires all officer-involved critical incidents be investigated by an outside agency.