Two officers responded to a hang up 911 call from the Park Place Apartments in Salt Lake City at approximately 8 p.m.
Capt. Lance VanDongen said an officer found a vehicle that was previously involved in a shots fired call.
The initial officer on scene informed the occupants of the car about the shots fired call and that the plates weren’t valid for the vehicle.
When the officer asked for the occupants information, 29-year-old Riche Santiago tried to exit the vehicle, VanDongen said.
The explanation was given a second time before the officer asked for Santiago’s information. Police discovered he had active warrants and has a history of fleeing from law enforcement. The officers were going to arrest Santiago for his outstanding warrants, but he refused. Santiago then pulled a gun on police while there were other people in the car, including a child.
The officers warned him not to get the gun, saying “don’t, don’t don’t” and “don’t be stupid” as they backed up.
Police say Santiago fired several gunshots at the officers, and was hit and killed by return fire.
Medical personnel attempted to save Santiago’s life, but he died at the scene, according to Sgt. Keith Horrocks. No officers were injured.
The two officers were placed on administrative leave. Three officer’s body camera footage was shown at the press conference Friday.
West Valley Police’s ICI protocol team is investigating the shooting.