PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT
August 1, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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SLCPD Arrest Minor for Shooting a Gun into the Air, Running from Police
SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department arrested a 16-year-old juvenile after he allegedly shot a gun into the air and later ran from police.
This investigation started at approximately 3 a.m. on July 31, 2022, when SLC911 received information that a person had shot a gun one time and pointed it at others in the area of 2000 West Sir Charles Drive. No one was shot and the shooter had left.
Officers arrived and spoke with witnesses who said a 16-year-old was at a birthday celebration and attempted to leave in a car while drunk. Bystanders attempted to stop him from leaving when he shot a gun into the air and pointed it at others. He then left in his car.
During the investigation, officers learned the name of the suspect, and the type of car he was driving, and began searching the area.
Around 3:30 a.m., SLCPD Gang detectives located the car driving near 300 South Cheyenne Street. The teen driver took off from officers as they tried to stop him. He later crashed near 1500 West 400 South.
The driver ran from police and was later caught a short distance away. The driver was identified as the same juvenile from the shooting.
Officers took the teen juvenile to the hospital for a general evaluation due to him being in a car crash. Once cleared of any medical issues, he was booked into the Salt Lake Valley Detention Center on multiple charges consisting of two counts of Aggravated Assault, Felony Discharge of a Firearm, Felony Failure to Respond to Officer’s Signal to Stop, Failure to Stop at the Command of a Peace Officer, Possession of a Firearm by a Restricted Person, Possession of Marijuana, and Hit and Run.
Following a court authorized search warrant, Gang detectives located what is believed to be the firearm used in the shooting.
An SLCPD Crime Lab technician responded to the scene to process, document and collect evidence.
There is no further information to release. Neither the PIO nor the On-Duty Watch Commander are available for interviews.
A photo of the gun recovered by detectives is being released.
Charges are only allegations, and every arrested person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.