WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (News4utah) – A man shot by police in 2016 was shot by police again during an incident in West Valley City Sunday morning.
West Valley City Police spokesperson Roxeanne Vainuku confirmed the incident took place near 3550 South Shafer Lane (1745 West) just after 6 a.m. when someone reported a reckless driver in the area.
When police attempted to pull the suspect, 28-year-old Ricardo Jose Lopez over, he turned around and headed straight towards the officer. After hitting the officer’s car, he headed east on 3500 South and turned onto Shafer Lane. Lopez then jumped out of the SUV and went inside the home of a family member.
Several family members who were inside the home, came out and told officers Lopez had a knife and was threatening himself and others.
SWAT was called to the scene and when negotiations failed, pepper spray was disbursed inside the home. Lopez then exited the home with the knife. While trying to engage with officers, a taser was used but it did not affect Lopez. That is one officer shot Lopez in the torso.
Lopez was transported to the hospital and later released to the custody of the police. He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on 3rd degree felony charges of failure to stop at the command of an officer and two counts of aggravated assault. he was also booked for interference with an arresting officer and assault on a police officer.
Lopez was shot by officers on March 1, 2016 when someone called 911 saying Lopez, who was standing in the middle of the road with another male, pulled out a gun and fired two shots into the air.
Lopez ran back into the basement of his house until officers arrived. Lopez then walked outside still holding the gun. Police said after making some threatening statements and not complying with officers, Lopez was shot once by an an officer as he raised his gun and turned towards the officers. The shooting was deemed justified.
Lopez was charged in federal court with possession of a firearm by a restricted person and has a lengthy criminal history as well as several outstanding warrants.