Category: West Valley City Police

Police search for gunman after male hit in buttocks during shooting that led to chase in Salt Lake County

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — One person suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks after an argument in West Valley City, prompting a police pursuit and a separate search for the gunman.

West Valley City Police responded to a shooting in the area of 2500 Lake Crest Drive Thursday morning. Fox 13 news first heard report of the shooting around 10:10 a.m.

Police said the initial report was of people arguing, but as officers were heading to the scene they received another report of shots fired.

A chase ensued with a black BMW, and the driver blew a tire. The chase ended near 1800 South and Redwood Road, which is where police found one person inside the car with a gunshot wound to the buttocks.

Witnesses told police they saw a male outside of some apartments arguing with the four males inside the BMW, and witnesses said the person outside the car fired several rounds into the vehicle and then fled.

Police are still searching for the shooter, who is so far only described as a black male wearing a red sweatshirt. He is believed to be in his early 20s.

Witnesses reported hearing as many as seven shots during the incident, and at least four bullet holes are visible in the BMW.

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

West Valley City Police offer $5,000 reward in unsolved murder of 16-year-old boy

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Police in West Valley City are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to charges being filed in connection with a murder from 2017.

Fernando Aranda, 16, was assaulted and shot to death on May 30 of 2017 in West Valley City. The attack occurred as he was walking near his home on Thayne Drive.

“For two years, West Valley City Police investigators have put in a tremendous amount of work to solve this case, and while they are very close, help from the public is needed,” the department wrote in a press release.

The department is offering a reward of $5,000 for information that leads to charges being filed, and they will go over the details of the case in a press conference scheduled for later Thursday morning.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact West Valley City Police.

Man arrested in connection with armed robbery at 7-Eleven in West Valley City

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A man has been arrested in connection with a robbery at a 7-Eleven, during which one of the robbers fired a shot into the ceiling.

According to a statement of probable cause, Semaj Davis was interviewed by police on May 16 about the robbery on May 10 at a 7-Eleven at 4700 South and 3898 West. 

Police said Davis admitted to stealing beer during the robbery. He also told police about another robbery on May 9, where he said someone stole a handgun from another person selling it via Snapchat.

That gun was used the next day during the robbery at 7-Eleven.

Police said Davis gave them additional information about the robberies and about a juvenile suspect he carried out the crimes with. It was not immediately clear if that juvenile is in custody at this time.

Police officer taken to hospital after driver runs red light in West Valley City

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A West Valley City Police officer is recovering after police said his vehicle was hit by a driver who ran a red light.

Police said a West Valley City officer had the green light and driving eastbound on 4100 South when he came to the intersection with 4000 West. According to West Valley City Lt. M.T. Johnson, a driver heading north ran a red light.

“The person who was traveling north ran the red light and struck him on the passenger side,” Johnson said.

The impact caused his car to spin out.

“Struck a car that was waiting here on the westbound lane to turn south on 4100 south,” Johnson said.

Police said nobody involved in the crash was injured, except the officer.

“The officer was complaining of head and back pain so he was transported to the hospital by one of our other officers,” Johnson said.

Since the crash involved one of their officers, it’s not being investigated by West Valley City police. Unified Police is handling the investigation and say there are no initial signs of impairment or distraction.

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Two teens in custody after burglary at West Valley City elementary school

WEST VALLEY CITY — Two 13-year-old boys are facing charges after police said they broke into an elementary school and stole a laptop early Wednesday morning.

Lt. Matheson with West Valley City Police said the crime occurred shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday at Granger Elementary, located at 3700 South and 1950 West.

Matheson said the two 13-year-old boys smashed a rear door at the school and took a laptop. An alarm was triggered, and Granite School District called police.

Officers reviewed surveillance footage, which showed the boys’ direction of travel after leaving. They were located in a field north of the school.

Both boys were booked into juvenile detention and will face charges of burglary and criminal mischief.

The stolen laptop was returned and the broken door secured.

Robbers fire shot into ceiling after stealing cash, cigarettes and beer from 7-Eleven in West Valley City

WEST VALLEY CITY — Police are looking for two men who fired at least one shot into the ceiling of a 7-Eleven while making off with beer, cash and cigarettes.

The crime occurred at a 7-Eleven at 4700 South and 3898 West in West Valley City Friday around 12:30 a.m.

Lt. Shane Matheson with West Valley City Police said the two robbers entered the store and demanded cash and cigarettes.

“After they received those, one of the males—as they were exiting the store—fired one round into the ceiling of the store and ran on foot,” Matheson said.

One of the robbers took a 30-pack of beer during the robbery, and both fled southbound on foot.

Police responded and searched with K-9 assistance.

“They either live in the area and have gone home or have a car and left the area, but so far K-9s haven’t been able to come up with the location of the suspect at this time,” Matheson said.

Police recovered a “couple” of shell casings at the scene and hope to gather fingerprints as well as video from the store’s surveillance system to identify the men.

Matheson described the robbers as black men in their mid to late 20s. One was wearing a black puffy coat and the other a red and blue Champion brand jacket. Both were wearing black pants. The two men are pictured below. Contact police if you recognize either man.

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