CRIME

Police release multiple body cam videos from officer-involved shooting 

Dec 15, 2021, 3:58 PM | Updated: 8:13 pm

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – West Valley Police released multiple body camera videos of an officer-involved shooting that left one suspect dead, two officers wounded, and a baby who was rescued from the suspect’s vehicle. 

The officers recovered from their injuries and returned home shortly after the shootout on Dec. 1 at a convenience store parking lot in Taylorsville, Utah. 

The police department made the edited videos available to the media on Wednesday in a recorded video briefing. 

Police were looking for 20-year-old Anei Joker that night. West Valley Police said during Wednesday’s briefing that Joker was wanted for the rape of a child, domestic violence, and criminal mischief. 

Ten officers from multiple police agencies responded to the scene and police released body camera footage from each of them. There were other people in the car with Joker. He allowed them to get out of the car but shortly after their release police discovered a 9-month-old baby was still in the car with Joker. 

Police successfully negotiated with Joker to release the child. One of the videos showed an officer taking the child from the car and walking it to safety. Police continued to negotiate with Joker and about 30 minutes later the video showed an officer firing several pepper balls into Joker’s vehicle.  

Thirty minutes later Joker opened the passenger-side door.  

Image of a police officer taking the infant from Joker's car to safety. (Used by permission, West Valley Police Department) Image of Joker holding a gun after he opened the passenger door. (Used by permission, West Valley Police Department) Police pepper balls (Used by permission, West Valley Police Department) Anei Joker from 05/02/2021. (Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office)

“From the angle of Officer C’s camera you can see a gun in Joker’s right hand,”West Valley Deputy Chief Mike Fosso said.

A few seconds later multiple guns shots were heard on several of the body cam videos. The video from Officer C also showed a cloud of debris just in front of him. He stumbled backward and you could hear him say to the officers, “I’ve been hit.”

Other videos from officers who were watching from around the corner of the store showed a man said to be Joker’s brother. Once the gunfire stopped, the man tried to run to the shooting scene but the officers grabbed him and wrestled him to the ground. 

The man cried out, “My brother!” several times.  

Police then handcuffed him and the man kept yelling, “I’m not going to do anything.” He also said, “Did you guys kill my brother?”

The Officer-Involved Critical Incident Protocol Team is investigating.

Roxeanne Vainuku, spokeswoman for the West Valley City Police Department said the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office and West Valley PD will review the investigation to determine if any of the officers violated use of force policies or laws. 

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Crime

A man already accused of aggravated human trafficking is now charged with trying to tamper with wit...
Logan Stefanich, KSL.com

2 men arrested for allegedly enticing minors online and by text

Two men were arrested Wednesday for allegedly enticing minors by internet or text, according to law enforcement.
1 day ago
Police officers on the scene at the Primo Bitti school on November 25. (Kadija Fernandes/AFP/Getty ...
Duarte Mendonca, CNN

At least 3 people killed, 11 others injured in Brazil school shootings

At least three people were killed and 11 others injured Friday after a gunman opened fire at two schools in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo, according to local authorities.
2 days ago
Manuel Omar Burciaga-Perea was arrested in Chihuahua, Mexico, on Nov. 24 for the murder of Gaby Ram...
Madison Swenson and Ayanna Likens, KSL TV

Man arrested in Mexico for murder of Utah radio host

A 35-year-old man accused of killing a woman last year in Taylorsville and then fleeing the country has been arrested in Mexico.
2 days ago
Tom and Janice Walker. (Photo courtesy: Nicholas Larsen)...
Logan Stefanich, KSL.com

Details emerge in killings of 2 elderly Clearfield residents

A 26-year-old Clearfield man accused of killing his elderly grandparents admitted to violently attacking the couple in their garage on Wednesday, according to a police booking affidavit.
2 days ago
[FILE] Jail Handcuffs (KSL-TV)...
Michael Houck

Couple accused of using stolen debit card for $1K shopping spree

A couple is suspected of stealing a debit card from a mailbox and going on a $1,000 shopping spree, according to police. 
3 days ago
Police chasing the stolen car on Redwood Road, 7800 South. (Utah Department of Transportation)...
Michael Houck

Police: Suspect uses stolen car to ram police car, begins multi-agency chase

A woman is in police custody after allegedly ramming a police car with a stolen vehicle and fleeing from police early Thursday morning.
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Police release multiple body cam videos from officer-involved shooting