CRIME

Body cam footage released from Salt Lake City officer-involved shooting

Nov 16, 2018, 6:53 PM
Robert Craig Ortega, 28 (Salt Lake County Jail)
(Salt Lake County Jail)

SALT LAKE CITY — New body cam footage shows a heated exchange between a suspect and officer before investigators say the officer fired his service weapon.

The video picks up after the officer confronted 28-year-old Robert Ortega. The officer learning Ortega had a warrant out for his arrest.

Ortega yells, “Sir, I’m not doing anything! No, I’m not doing anything!”

The Salt Lake City officer – who is not being identified – then chases Ortega to his car after unsuccessfully using a taser.

The officer asks, “Do you want to get [expletive] shot?”

“No, man. I don’t,” Ortega replies.

Ortega wasn’t hit by the officer’s round, and was able to drive away, but police arrested him a few days later after receiving a tip he was holed up in a hotel.

Per normal protocol, that officer is on administrative leave while the investigation continues.

Ortega was originally in prison after being convicted of aggravated sexual abuse of a child in 2011.

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