SLCPD releases bodycam footage of May 23 officer-involved shooting

Salt Lake City police officers fired at least 20 shots at a 22-year-old man who was running away from them two weeks ago, body camera footage released Friday shows.

Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal, 22, of Salt Lake City, was killed in the early morning of May 23 after police responding to a call of a gun threat chased him for several blocks when he ran from a motel.

Body camera footage released Friday afternoon showed the officers encountered Palacios-Carbajal at the Utah Village Motel, 271 W. 900 South, just after 2 a.m. One officer yells, “Show me your hands!” as Palacios-Carbajal starts to run away.

The officers chased him for several blocks, yelling at him to “drop it!” One officer yells that they see something in Palacios-Carbajal’s pocket.

The video shows Palacios-Carbajal stumble and fall several times before getting up and continuing to run from the officers. After he falls a third time, he picks up something from the ground — police say it was a gun — and continues to try to run away before two officers begin shooting.

After Palacios-Carbajal is shot in the back, he collapses on the ground as officers continue to shout at him. “Show me your f---ing hands!” one officer yells.

It doesn’t appear, based on the body camera videos from the three officers, that Palacios-Carbajal ever pointed a gun at them. Police say a weapon was found near him after he was shot.

His siblings were allowed to watch the video footage on Friday afternoon. His sister, Elsa Karina Palacios, told The Salt Lake Tribune that she feels the police could have handled the situation differently.

"They didn't have to kill him," she said. "They didn't have to shoot him so many times. He was running. He was scared. He would still be here."

Asked if she wanted to communicate anything to protesters who have gathered nightly in downtown Salt Lake City, she said: “I don’t even know what to say. I just wish he was here.”

The video was released Friday as part of the Salt Lake City mayor’s policy that body camera video be released within 10 business days. Police officials emphasized Friday that an investigation was still ongoing.

The two officers who fired their weapons have been put on administrative leave, which is standard after a police shooting.
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