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Video Shows Salt Lake City Police Shooting, Killing Man in Sugar House Standoff

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A still image from the Salt Lake City Police Department's officer worn body camera footage that shows police confronting Delorean Pikyavit with weapons drawn.

Warning: the video in this story is graphic. 

Salt Lake City Police released">body camera footage Wednesday of a lethal standoff in Sugar House last month. The domestic violence call ended with police shooting and killing a 32-year-old man.

Dispatchers received a call on April 18 from a woman who said her boyfriend had assaulted her. Salt Lake City Police Officers on the scene encountered Delorean Pikyavit outside a home with a knife in one hand and one half of a pair of scissors in the other.

The body camera footage shows police confronting Pikyavit with their weapons drawn.

“Over the course of about a minute and a half, officers commanded Pikyavit to sit down over nine times and to drop the weapon over eleven times,” said Salt Lake City Police Captain Lance VanDongen.

VanDongen said Pikyavit didn’t respond to officers commands and repeatedly yelled "shoot me".

It’s unclear from the video what specifically prompted the two officers to fire one shot each at Pikyavit, killing him.

West Valley City Police are investigating the incident. That department is under investigation for the shooting death of 20-year-old Elijah Smith, also in April. Unified Police are looking into that incident.

Police say Pikyavit was a wanted parole fugitive who had walked away from Fortitude Treatment Center.

Whittney Evans grew up southern Ohio and has worked in public radio since 2005. She has a communications degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, where she learned the ropes of reporting, producing and hosting. Whittney moved to Utah in 2009 where she became a reporter, producer and morning host at KCPW. Her reporting ranges from the hyper-local issues affecting Salt Lake City residents, to state-wide issues of national interest. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the guitar and getting to know the breathtaking landscape of the Mountain West.
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