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Fatal 2021 shootout deemed justified by DA’s office
SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County’s top prosecutor says officers were justified in shooting 20-year-old Anei Joker during a standoff on December 2021.
Joker was shot by police during a shootout with officers in a 7-11 parking lot in Taylorsville on Dec. 1, 2021.
Joker died at the hospital and at least one detective was injured as a result of the shootout.
In a press conference on Friday, District Attorney Sim Gill said body-cam footage shows that Joker opened fire.
According to Gill, Joker fired between one and three shots during the shootout using a gun stolen out of a car ten days earlier.
“The gun owner reported it as a stolen gun from a vehicle in Salt Lake City Central neighborhood 1o days earlier on Nov. 21,” Gill said.
11 officers in all opened fire and an autopsy showed Joker was hit 25 times. None of the officers were charged.
“Please do not leave your guns unattended in vehicles,” Gill urged, saying “They’re not properly secured and then we find them subsequently being used in other criminal activity.”
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