SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department is looking for a group of men who were wearing clown masks during a home invasion Sunday morning.
One of the clowns shot a man inside, in front of the victim’s young children on Mother’s Day.
FOX 13 spoke to a grandmother who lives inside. She said she started yelling at the clowns before one of them threw her down a steep flight of stairs, landing on top of her wounded son-in-law.
The grandmother asked to remain anonymous, still afraid after what happened to her family.
“My two grandsons, six and five, were right there screaming, ‘Please don’t shoot my dad again,’” the grandmother described. “They’re going to be traumatized for the rest of their life over this.”
The man was shot in the arm and went into surgery, in critical condition.
“It hit his artery,” the grandmother said. “I don’t know if he’s going to live or die.”
The grandmother said the clowns demanded money but left with nothing because the family didn’t have any money to give.
“I’m surprised they didn’t shoot me because I came at him like a ****ing mother bear,” she said. “They have no conscience… These two kids sitting here? What is wrong with you?”
The grandmother went to the hospital as well, with a black eye, a broken rib, and a bruised spleen. She said she’s sore, but not worried about herself, because her injuries will heal.
She’s not so sure about the rest of her family.
“They damaged my grandchildren for life,” she said. “They’re never going to forget that.”
SLCPD so far has not released a suspect or vehicle description, but they are asking anyone in the neighborhood to please share surveillance video or any information they might have about the case.
If you have any information, please call (801) 799-3000.
SALT LAKE CITY — Body cam footage of fatal officer-involved incidents gain a lot of attention.
But Thursday, Salt Lake City Police showed reporters footage of a recent incident where officers managed to de-escalate the situation and prevent a lethal outcome.
Last week, officers responded to a man’s apartment to perform a welfare check at the request of a relative who reported the man was suicidal.
When police arrived, they found the man holding a knife to his neck and threatening to harm himself.
The lead officer called for reinforcements to secure the area and brought in what’s known as a “40” — a nonlethal alternative that shoots large rubber bullets.
He then planned out with his fellow officers how to resolve the situation while staying in communication with the suicidal man.
While attempting to help the man, police also had to have a plan in place in case he tried to attack the officers with the knife.
After a few minutes, police entered the apartment, hit the man with the 40 and a stun gun, and took him to a hospital that night for treatment.
“We’re trying to resolve this in a win-win situation where officers don’t get hurt and we can get this individual some help,” said Det. Greg Wilking. “Because of the training and professionalism of our officers, we have outcomes that are actually good for everyone.”
Police respond to welfare checks like this nearly every day.
They said their primary goals are to protect themselves and their fellow officers, and also to resolve the situation in a manner which gets the person extracted safely and on the way to the help they need.
Police said this incident was a good example of all the training that they do, and putting it to work in a real life situation.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, help is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-273-TALK. Utahns can also visit Hope4Utah and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center for additional resources. You can also download the SafeUT app for instant, confidential crisis services.
HAMMOND, Indiana — Jean Baikauskas was taking her wheelchair across the street near 165th Street and Calumet Avenue in Hammond, IN last September when a white Impala ran through a light and slammed into her.
At the time, Jean was using a wheelchair as she recovered from a leg injury. She was just beginning to walk again thanks to physical therapy, she says, when the hit-and-run accident dealt a blow to her recovery.
Her wheelchair was mangled in the crash, so Jean had to use a walker to get around as she went through three more months of therapy. The walker helped, but she couldn’t get very far. Seeing her friend in need, Lake County dispatcher Kerri Alanza told officers about her predicament.
“It really tugged on our heart strings that one of our residents needed help and endured so much pain. We jumped on board right away and that’s what community is about,” said Michael Elkmann, President of Hammond FOP Lodge 51.
So Hammond police officers, together with FOP Lodge 51, provided Jean with a brand new wheelchair.
“They’re on a limited budget like a lot of us are so this donation was fantastic,” Alanza said.