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SLCPD Gang Unit Safely Arrest Shooting Suspect, Recover Gun

SALT LAKE CITY — As part of an ongoing shooting and robbery investigation, the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Gang Unit safely arrested a 19-year-old man, his brother, and recovered a firearm following a court-authorized search warrant.

This investigation started at 5:35 p.m. on September 16, 2022, when SLC911 received information about a shooting at 545 West 400 North. Officers arrived and found a 25-year-old man with a non-life-threatening injury.

Gang detectives responded and assisted with the investigation.

Officers searched the neighborhood but could not find the shooter. Witnesses provided several leads for detectives to work.

On Saturday September 24, 2002, the SLCPD’s Gang Unit was near Westpointe Park doing follow-up work on the investigation when they located a car with two people inside, including 19-year-old Nay Blu Soe.

Soe is the suspected shooter in the September 16 incident.

With the assistance of SLCPD patrol officers, the Gang Unit quickly developed a plan to take Soe safely into custody.

Detectives booked Soe into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on charges of Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Felony Discharge of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon by a Restricted Person, and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute.

During the investigation, the SLCPD’s Gang Unit also arrested Soe’s brother, 22-year-old Klothayu Say. Detectives later booked him into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on charges of Aggravated Robbery and Aggravated Assault.  Klothayu Say is believed to be an accomplice of his brother in the September 16, 2022 shooting.

The SLCPD’s Gang Unit, with the assistance of the SLCPD patrol officers and the SLCPD’s SWAT Team, later executed a court-authorized search warrant at a home in the 1000-block of West Eclipse Way to further their investigation.

During the investigation, officers located a firearm.

Several photos are being released.

Charges are only allegations, and every arrested person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Salt Lake City Police Department’s Gang Unit is responsible for investigating suspected gang-related crimes that occur within the city’s jurisdiction. The unit consists of highly trained uniformed officers and detectives who work collaboratively with patrol divisions and other specialty squads within the SLCPD to gather information and focus on gang and gun violence through education, prevention and enforcement.

The Salt Lake City Police Department is not the custodian of record for jail booking photos. Utah Code 17-22-30 mostly prohibits the release of jail booking photos. Generally, a jail booking photo can only be released by the custodian of record after a conviction or when law enforcement determines the person is a fugitive or an imminent threat to a person or public safety. In Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office is the custodian of record for jail booking photos.