VIDEO: Fugitive Starts Gunfight With Police, Loses Badly

Riche Santiago was fatally shot after he pulled out a gun and opened fire on Salt Lake City police officers.

Salt Lake City, UT – Police released bodycam video that showed a fugitive armed felon firing a gun at Salt Lake City police officers before he was fatally shot (video below).

The incident occurred at about 7:20 p.m. on Aug. 5 when two bicycle officers who were responding to a 911 hang-up call in the 700-block of S. 300 East spotted a vehicle wanted in a previous shots-fired call, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Police records showed the vehicle had no insurance so an officer approached the car and talked to the driver.

The video showed the driver admitted he wasn’t sure if his Wyoming license, which he didn’t have with him, was valid.

As the officer was talking to him, a back seat passenger – later identified as 29-year-old Riche Antonio Santiago - made to get out of the car to have a cigarette, but the officer told him to stay put because he was being detained.

Santiago told the officer he’d just gotten out of jail for fleeing from police, the video showed.

“How come you ran?” the officer asked.

“Because I was stupid,” the man explained. “Really stupid.”

“Yeah, that sounds like it was kind of stupid,” the officer agreed.

Then he asked another officer to watch the occupants of the car while he went back to his own unit to run Santiago and the driver’s information through the system.

In doing so, the officer learned that Santiago was wanted for misdemeanor fleeing, felony fleeing, and felony domestic violence assault, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

He also had a prior conviction for felony fleeing.

The officer returned to the suspect vehicle and told Santiago to get out of the car, the video showed.

“Please don’t tell me I’m going back to jail. Please sir,” Santiago begged.

“Yep, you’re under arrest,” the officer told him.

The video showed Santiago pleading with the officer and babbling about having anxiety as he turned to dig in his backpack.

The officers reached for the suspect with their weapons drawn as he pulled a black handgun out of the backpack and pointed it at them, the video showed.

Everyone in the car started screaming.

“Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t,” the officer yelled as he and the other officer back away behind the car. “What have you got?”

A split-second later, the officers opened fire as Santiago sprang from the backseat firing his weapon and made a dash across the parking lot.

He dropped to the ground in a hail of gunfire about 20 feet away, still pointing the gun at the officers, the video showed.

Santiago was pronounced dead at the scene and multiple bodycam videos clearly showed officers found a gun and shell casings next to his body when they approached him to take him into custody.

No officers were injured in the gunfight, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Salt Lake City police have not named the officers involved in the incident but said they have both been placed on administrative leave, as is protocol for officer-involved shootings, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The shooting is being investigated by the West Valley City Police Department.

You can see the incident escalate at around the 8:55 mark in the video below:

Comments (17)
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Woobie46
Woobie46

I guess his anxiety got the better of him...I bet he's feeling far less anxious now, however, which is a good thing

JBo
JBo

“Because I was stupid,” the man explained. “Really stupid.”

But it wasn't the stupidest thing you ever did...that occurred when you pulled a gun and fired at the police. The upside is...no more stupid things for you!

Tone-x
Tone-x

He had a death wish, that’s what happens to wannabe gangster, obey the law.

Hunter Riley
Hunter Riley

Oh the horror...another dead illegal idiot

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

How the heck can NOT BE SURE if your driver's license is valid or not??

Anomie88
Anomie88

Amazing how the bystanders area carrying babies outside to watch the firefight. A bad decision by the felon was followed by proper adherence to training by the officers. Spot on police tactics and appropriate response. I did feel sorry for the child, but the wife kept trying to blame the police. This was Santiago's fault and his fault alone. If people don't commit crimes and carry deadly weapons and then use them on the police, then they will live. It's that simple.

Cops kid
Cops kid

Terrible tragedy for the kids and hope the officers get through it okay... Dumb ass left them with nothing else but to respond with lethal force

Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp

I bet Richie never tries that again.

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Multiple arrests,some individuals are incorridgeable, and will continue to re offend. Tax payers should not bear the financial burden of prison costs and L.E.O.'s should not have to be exposed to the risk's of habitual idiots.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Of course, his mother is blaming the police and coming up with all kinds of excuses of how they did their job wrong. No lady, your son brought this on himself!! He was a punk!! And if you really want to play the blame game, you totally failed at being a parent!! Now shut your pie hole and go hide yourself in shame!! You aint getting no ghetto lottery!!

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

I’m just speculating but I wonder if the wife knew he had a gun. I’d suspect she did and I wonder what he told her while the cop was doing his ID check on the criminal. He probably told her, “I’m not going back to jail. I’ll shoot that dude first.”

It doesn’t matter now. The bad guy is gone.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Another criminal asshole not using up our air anymore. Good.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

A##hole put his wife, his kid and driver in jeopardy for really, nothing. Fleeing police? I'm glad the kid wasn't hit!

gfc1963
gfc1963

Oh well I guess really ARE not going to jail!!

T Rex
T Rex

I,m afraid the excitement was more than his heart could Bayer !

vwiles34
vwiles34

Good thing he wasn't black we'd be having riot's in the streets. But with him being Hispanic I'm sure there will still be some uproar over the police shooting him. I mean all he did was shoot at them and try and flee. And I'm sure he was a good guy who went to church every sunday and helped little old ladies across the street.

Justme1950
Justme1950

Another "GOOD" ILLEGAL gone