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Body camera footage shows angry exchange between officer, suspect before shooting

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MILLCREEK, Utah (ABC4 News) Police released body camera footage associated with an officer-involved shooting on Millcreek.

The shooting occurred on Saturday, November 3 near 3300 South 1100 East.

Salt Lake City police an officer was en route to a call on when he ran the license plate. The car turned out to be registered to Robert Craig Ortega, 36, who had an active felony warrant for aggravated sexual abuse of a child after violating parole. 

The body camera video shows the officer made contact with Ortega inside a gas station which almost immediately escalated into to a tense exchange. While attempting to arrest him, the officer eventually used his Taser which police said had little effect. 

“In this incident, one officer fired at least one shot and the suspect was not struck,” said Capt. Kendrick. 

The video also shows the suspect driving off and the officer following him. 

Ortega evaded arrested over the weekend but he was taken into custody a few days later by Unified police officers. Police say the incident is still an active investigation. 

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