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SALT LAKE CITY – The teenager shot by Salt Lake City police on Saturday night has been identified by the family as 17-year-old Abdi Mohamed.

Mohamed is in a coma at local hospital after getting shot three times, according to family.

Teen shot by police in Salt Lake City was identified by family as 17-year-old Abdi Mohamed.

Teen shot by police in Salt Lake City was identified by family as 17-year-old Abdi Mohamed.

Police say two officers were involved in the shooting, but initially wouldn’t go into any further details.

Sunday, they released an official statement, saying the teen was a suspect in an alleged assault and continued moving toward the victim while wielding a metal object.

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.”

Selam Mohammed, who was walking with Abdi at the time of the shooting, said Abdi had picked up a broken broom stick right before police arrived.

“The police said, ‘drop it’, once, then they shot him four times,” Selam Mohammed recalled. “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 shouted and threw things at officers—prompting a massive police response.

Wilking said there were also reports of officers being injured because they were hit with objects. Some of the public reported being stung with a Taser and pepper sprayed by officers.

Mohamed is from Kenya and moved to Utah about 10 years ago, 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.

The Unified Police Department has taken over the investigation.


  • Kort

    I promise the police aren’t going to let out the body can footage they know damn well just cause someone has a broom and didn’t respond immediately the first time isn’t a good enough reason to shoot someone.


      If this puke is charged with assaulting the homeless man and If they release footage of it the suspect, Abdi Mohamed, would be unable to get a fair trial with an untainted jury. Do you really think that would be fair for the suspect Kort?


    What people like Kort don’t understand is that if a police video showing a suspect beating a homeless man was made public you wouldn’t be able to find an unbiased jury to hear his case. Am I the only one who thinks that would be unfair to the suspect?


    Thank God this story wasn’t about 2 white thugs beating on a homeless black man. Would they sent the weeping chief of police to comfort a white drug dealer? Naw, I don’t suppose so.

  • Nock

    First I’m not trying to bash cops. They do a good job at it themselves. We know what the teen was doing down here at the shelter. Dealing drugs. Yes people drugs. What I don’t like is cops are to quick to shoot a person. That is what we need to stop. Think about it your driving home from work you get pulled over the cop is mad as hell like always. He yells at you you raise your voice saying don’t talk to me like that officer. Then cop stands back scared as most cops are. Shoots and kills you because he thinks you were a threat. This is what is going on in America. We need to stop cops. We need to disarm the police. They don’t need guns.

    • Hmm.

      It’s a downtown area with a mall and movie theatre as well as a homeless shelter, not sure why you’d assume his occupation is “drug dealer”…

      I guess cops missed their chance to plant some drugs on him though.

      He was loitering and acting like a dumb teenage boy and in a just world, he’d end up in juvenile courtroom finding out just how many hours of community service he’s gonna do at that shelter.


        You’re excusing his assault on a homeless man? Do you want to try and guess what he and his buddy’s beef with the victim was about? I suspect that you know the answer to that question.

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  • Tom Renner

    So I guess the officers should have just let him beat the victim with the stick before they politely asked him to stop? They told him to put the weapon down, he didn’t listen and got shot for it. No problems here.


    Somebody needs to teach this mental defective how to wear a baseball hat. Who was he trying to impress?

  • Joseph

    So here we have is a shooting of someone by police doing their job.Why does America think it is bad for cops shooting someone engaged in a crime ?

  • Citizen of concern.

    Just so for those of you who haven’t spoken with his cousin who was with him as they were walking to the homeless shelter themselves. But he was defending his cousin from a druggy who was say disrespectful things to her and he felt like he was in danger. Even if he turned to them, he was a small kid, a broom stick vs a gun really? Why do you pay for tasers through our tax money if they aren’t being used to make a situation not go into a potentially fatal shooting.

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