December 15, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact Information: PolicePRUnit@slcgov.com
SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department is releasing the following information regarding the Officer Involved Critical Incident from December 1, 2021.
No additional information is being released. The SLCPD is not available for interviews regarding this ongoing investigation.
Officer-Involved Critical Incident
Date: Wednesday, December 01, 2021 at 10:29 p.m.
Address: 4100 South Redwood Road
Subject: Anei Gabriel Joker, 20 years old
Complainant: Not Applicable
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911 Call: There is no applicable 9-1-1 call to this case.
In compliance with Salt Lake City Ordinance 200.10.200, the Salt Lake City Police Department is releasing Body-Worn Camera (BWC) footage of the Officer-Involved Critical Incident that occurred on December 1, 2021 at 4100 South Redwood Road. The footage released today shows the incident from the two involved SLCPD officers. Additionally, the SLCPD is releasing BWC footage from other SLCPD officers who were on scene assisting as containment officers on the scene’s perimeter. The videos being released are the only videos in SLCPD’s possession to capture the moments leading up to and including the shooting. The footage begins approximately two minutes prior to the use of deadly force and is stopped after the last shot was fired and when the suspect is taken into custody.
On December 1, 2021, the Utah Department of Public Safety launched a multi-day, multi-jurisdictional operation to apprehend individuals identified in high priority investigations related to violent crime. The Salt Lake City Police Department participated in this law enforcement effort.
In the evening hours of December 1, 2021, members of the operation located a person later identified as 20-year-old Anei Gabriel Joker inside a vehicle traveling on 4100 South and 3600 West. Law enforcement followed the vehicle and observed the driver pull into the 7-Eleven located at 4110 South Redwood Road.
SLCPD did not have incident command of this incident.
The two involved SLCPD officers are shown on their Body Worn Camera footage as part of an Emergency Action Team. Both officers are positioned behind an outside agency’s patrol vehicle for hardcover and are being assisted by an outside agency member of law enforcement who is present with a ballistic shield.
Just prior to the deadly force incident, SLCPD members on scene assisting as containment officers on the scene’s perimeter witnessed Mr. Joker’s brother running into the crime scene. The officers immediately ran to intercept Mr. Joker’s brother. As the officers contacted the individual, the use of deadly force incident occurred which prompted the officers to all seek cover on the ground and to take the subject behind nearby police cars to avoid any potential crossfire concerns. After temporarily being placed into handcuffs, for his safety, officers worked with the individual to provide information about what had just occurred. The person was released from custody.
OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION:
The quick “popping” sounds heard just prior to the use of deadly force are pepper balls being deployed into Mr. Joker’s vehicle. SLCPD was not the agency that deployed these munitions.
The two SLCPD officers who used deadly force responded to the scene after the initial traffic stop in the 7-Eleven parking lot.
The other officers on scene responded to assist with containment and any ground searches.
BWC footage shows a police K-9 unit as part of the arrest team. This was not an SLCPD K-9 Unit.