Shooting and high-speed chase near 9th and 9th ends in deadly crash

Oct 8, 2023, 10:12 AM | Updated: Nov 1, 2023, 6:48 pm

UPDATE: Body camera footage was released by police on Nov. 1, showing all three officers that pursued the vehicle, and find the car crashed. The footage cuts off just before police recover the two passengers inside.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department announced Sunday morning that a high-speed car chase ended with one person dead.

Salt Lake City police say the chase started after a shooting was called at a party near 923 S. State Street just after midnight.

“There was a party going on and it just seemed like it was a group of young kids, and it got a little crazy,” said neighbor Zachary Wade, who heard the commotion.

Wade said he heard multiple gunshots and saw a group of young tenants

“They’re so young. It was just sad to see that… kids with guns, and they were so young,” Wade said.

When officers arrived, a car immediately fled the scene at a high rate of speed traveling east on 900 South. Police said based on preliminary information, they believed the two people inside the car to have been involved in the shooting.

They pursued the car while paramedics took the victim to the hospital with a non-life-threatening injury. The victim has not been identified.

After multiple attempts to stop the car, the driver refused to pull over. The car failed to maneuver the roundabout at 1100 East and 900 South and subsequently crashed, causing the car to roll over. One of the people inside the car died on the scene. The other was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Wian gave details about the “officer-involved critical incident protocol” that was implemented because three officers were involved in the chase that led to a person’s death.

“During the pursuit at any time, we did not use any pursuit intervention techniques or stop sticks. The officers weren’t injured. They remain on paid administrative leave which is standard protocol,” Sgt. Wian said.

An investigation is underway, and police have said after speaking with witnesses and reviewing evidence, the shooting may have happened after a large party near 880 South Edison Street.

Salt Lake City police spokesman Brent Weisberg said all the victims were men in their 20s. One man died in the crash, another man was injured and shooting victim was also injured. It’s not clear if the driver or passenger died in the crash.

SLCPD Chief Mike Brown released a statement conveying his pride in the department and their handling of the events.

“This incident serves as a reminder of the dangers we face in our line of duty,” Brown said. “Based on preliminary information, it appears our officers were responding to a rapidly unfolding situation. I am very proud of the work our officers do to keep our community and each other safe.”

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Shooting and high-speed chase near 9th and 9th ends in deadly crash