SLCPD release body cam footage of deadly officer-involved shooting


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News)- Body camera footage of a deadly police shooting in downtown Salt Lake City on August 5th was released Friday.

Capt. VanDongen with the Salt Lake City Police Dept. said around 7:20 p.m. two bike squad officers responded to 731 South 300 East after reports of 9-1-1 hang-up call.

While responding to that call, officers discovered a vehicle that was reportedly involved in a shots fired incident. One of the officers approached the car full of people and talked to the driver, VanDongen said.

“While speaking with the driver and the front-seat passenger the back-seat passenger attempted to exit the vehicle,” he said.

The officer stopped the man from leaving and found out his name: 29-year-old Richie Antonio Santiago. Capt. VanDongen said the officer found Santiago had a history of fleeing officers and had active warrants.

After running the information on the occupants of the vehicle the officer approached the vehicle and informed Santiago that he was under arrest and asked him to leave the vehicle, Capt. VanDongen said.

“As the officers grabbed the suspect’s arm he stated that he was not going to resist and then began reaching inside a backpack,” he said.

Video shows the incident take place *Watch with discretion*:

Press conference with the Salt Lake City Police Dept.

One of the officers told Santiago “Don’t be stupid” before Santiago pulled a gun. Here’s a screenshot of the gun pointed at the officers.

Suspect seen pointing gun at SLCPD officers (Salt Lake City Police Department)

Shots were fired and Santiago was shot and killed on scene.

The officers involved were placed on administrative leave.

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