Category: Salt Lake City Police

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.

Police identify man shot, killed by resident while fleeing scene of home invasion robbery in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY – One man is dead and several people are in custody after a home invasion led to a shooting and crash Tuesday night.

Police have identified the deceased as 18-year-old Abubakar Mohammad.

Salt Lake City Police said they were called to the area of 200 Rendon Court around 10:30 p.m. on a report of a home invasion.

Police said several people forced their way into a home, and one of the occupants chased them back out.

A short time later police responded to shots fired within a couple of blocks of that home. They responded and found Mohammad dead inside of a vehicle, which had crashed at the intersection of 200 North and 600 West.

Sgt. Brandon Shearer, Salt Lake City Police, said the person pursuing the robbers fired at them. Mohammad was driving the vehicle, which crashed after he was hit by gunfire.

The other three people involved in the home invasion got out of the car and fled on foot, but were later apprehended. Police said all suspects associated with the home invasion are in custody.

Shearer said it appears the home invaders knew the occupants of the home and the incident may be drug related.

It was not immediately clear if the person who fired shots is in custody or if he or she will face charges in connection with the incident.

Fox 13 News will update this story as more details emerge.

Man dead after home invasion leads to shooting, car crash in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY – One man is dead and several people are in custody after a home invasion led to a shooting and crash Tuesday night.

Salt Lake City Police said they were called to the area of 200 Rendon Court around 10:30 p.m. on a report of a home invasion.

Police said several people forced their way into a home, and one of the occupants chased them back out.

A short time later police responded to shots fired within a couple of blocks of that home. They responded and found a man dead inside of a vehicle, which had crashed at the intersection of 200 North and 600 West.

It was not immediately clear if the man died as a result of gunshot wounds or from injuries suffered in the crash. His identity has not yet been released.

Officers believe the home invaders were driving the car and that they fled on foot after crashing the vehicle.

Police have taken several teens and adults into custody and the incident remains under investigation. Fox 13 News will update this story as more details emerge.

Man shot, killed by resident while fleeing scene of home invasion robbery in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY – One man is dead and several people are in custody after a home invasion led to a shooting and crash Tuesday night.

Salt Lake City Police said they were called to the area of 200 Rendon Court around 10:30 p.m. on a report of a home invasion.

Police said several people forced their way into a home, and one of the occupants chased them back out.

A short time later police responded to shots fired within a couple of blocks of that home. They responded and found a man dead inside of a vehicle, which had crashed at the intersection of 200 North and 600 West.

Sgt. Brandon Shearer, Salt Lake City Police, said the person pursuing the robbers fired at them. The 18-year-old man driving the car was hit by gunfire and died, causing the vehicle to crash. His identity has not yet been released.

The other three people involved in the home invasion got out of the car and fled on foot, but were later apprehended. Police said all suspects associated with the home invasion are in custody.

Shearer said it appears the home invaders knew the occupants of the home and the incident may be drug related.

It was not immediately clear if the person who fired shots is in custody or if he or she will face charges in connection with the incident.

Fox 13 News will update this story as more details emerge.

SLC police search for suspect who shot man and possibly threw woman down the stairs of a home

SALT LAKE CITY – Police are in search of a possible suspect after one man was shot, and a woman was possibly thrown down the stairs of a residence early Sunday morning.

The Salt Lake City police department responded to reports of a shooting at a house being rented out on 1400 West 600 North at approximately 12:30 Sunday morning.

Officers were not sure what happened before the shooting occurred but said one man was shot once in the arm.

An elderly woman and some children were also in the home at the time of the shooting.

According to police, the woman came into contact with the suspect and was possibly thrown down the stairs.

The male victim who was shot is in critical condition.

The woman who was possibly thrown down the stairs received minor bruises.

Police said there is a possibility of there being two suspects, but there was at least one that was seen wearing a mask.

Salt Lake City Police is investigating and interviewing neighbors.

Salt Lake man raped and critically injured another, police say

SALT LAKE CITY — Police have arrested a man who they say assaulted another man Tuesday night, leaving him critically injured.

Mugshot: Anthony Chavez

Anthony Ray Chavez, 40, was booked into jail and faces aggravated assault and object rape charges.

Salt Lake City Police were called to Sunrise Metro apartments near 600 South and 500 West around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, where they found the male victim lying on the floor critically injured — bleeding profusely and with multiple injuries, including to his head.

Police said there was a trail of blood leading to Chavez’s apartment.

“…They found our victim covered in blood—blood all over the apartment,” said Lt. Dave Cracroft with Salt Lake City Police. “He had been beaten severely. That man was transported up to University Hospital. He is in very critical condition; he’s in really rough shape.”

Chavez later told police he and the other man had been in an altercation, according to the police report.

The Sunrise Metro apartments are subsidized housing for those who were previously homeless.

Salt Lake City Police say testing backlogged rape kits helped identify dozens of suspects

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Police have tested hundreds of backlogged rape kits, and one out of every four cases from the kits is now under investigation.

Chief Mike Brown will report to the Salt Lake City Council Tuesday afternoon regarding the results.

A press release indicates the department had custody of 768 rape kits in a 10-year period. Those were submitted and processed, resulting in 105 offender DNA matches from the National Crime Combined DNA database.

Police state 42 of those suspects had not previously been identified by law enforcement.

The testing of backlogged kits is the result of an ongoing effort after an ordnance passed in 2014, which specified that all rape kits in Salt Lake City had to be tested for DNA at a level eligible for the national database.

The council has also since endorsed a policy that calls for yearly reports on the kits.

“Bringing justice to these cases, and some peace of mind to the survivors and the community, was our primary goal in this effort,” said Council Chair Charlie Luke. “We are pleased Salt Lake City police have helped lead the way nationwide in improving the way these difficult cases are handled.”

The report before the council is planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday. Fox 13 News will update this story as more details emerge.

Salt Lake City Police release details, video after man dies after arrest for domestic violence incident

SALT LAKE CITY – Police have released video and additional details after a man died while in police custody following a domestic violence incident.

Salt Lake City Police responded to an apartment on April 7 after a woman called 911 to report she was being held against her will by 38-year-old Robert Martinez.

Police arrived and attempted to make contact with Mr. Martinez, who at first refused to open the door.

But after negotiating with him for nearly half an hour, Martinez finally allowed officers inside. The woman, meanwhile, was safe outside and speaking with other officers.

Martinez was then placed in handcuffs and informed he was being arrested for domestic violence-aggravated assault.

Then, as he was being led down the apartment stairway, he either fell, tripped or jumped and landed on the pavement about 10 feet below.

Medical personnel arrived and rushed him to local hospital.

Martinez suffered extensive brain and head trauma and wound up passing away nearly two weeks later on April 20.

This became an officer involved critical incident because Mr. Martinez was in handcuffs at the time.

This remains an open and active investigation. This particular incident was the 922nd time Salt Lake City Police have responded to a domestic violence incident this year already.

Support is available 24/7 in Utah for those dealing with domestic violence. Visit the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition online or call 1-800-897-5465 for resources and assistance. In an emergency, dial 911.

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