A 17 year old boy, originally from Kenya, is in a coma after being shot by Salt Lake City police.
Abdi Mohamed was shot 3 times according to his family.
According to witnesses, a fight broke out between Mohamed and another man in the Rio Grande District of Salt Lake City around 8 p.m.
“I don’t have much details on the shooting itself,” said Det. Greg Wilking of the Salt Lake City Police Department, adding later, “That’s what it sounds like: There was an altercation taking place, and our officers intervened into that altercation.”
Abdi had reportedly picked up a broken broom stick just before the police arrived.
“The police said, ‘drop it’, once, then they shot him four times,” Selam Mohammed who was walking with Abdi told Fox News. “We were trying to break it up before the police even came, but the police ran in on foot and pulled their guns out already. They already had them, like, as soon as he was running he was already grabbing for his gun, not even trying to Tase him or anything.”
Following the shooting, crowds of angry people started demonstrating, throwing objects at police. As a result, more officers were brought in.
Abdi moved to the US from Kenya 10 years ago, and according to family, he lives in West Valley City with his girlfriend and their son.
“He was a really caring, good, loving boyfriend, and a really, good caring loving father, I know what he was doing every day, the things he would do for us, I wouldn’t expect that from him he just wanted to make sure we were loved and we were happy he put us in front of everything,” said girlfriend Becca Monson.
Monson said she hopes people don’t judge him unfairly.
“I’m really angry and really sad, I just want to see him honestly, I just want to see him and make sure he knows that he is loved and there are people out here that care about him and there are people that want to see him do good,” Monson said.
Additional reporting by Fox13