Southern salty lake • Tom Mahdi is not a stranger to violence.
A former tailor for Saddam Hussein's sister, Mahdi and his seven, escaped from Baghdad home during the war, learning about possible retaliation against people who have relationships with formerly the first family. They were refugees in Jordan and moved to Utah in 2009, where they began a sewing and processing shop on State Street and established in a peaceful life.
This world was destroyed on Monday when the pickup crashed into the front door of the business, followed by a hail of police firing. Mahdi, himself in the back of the store, said that he was paralyzed when a stone and dirt was sprayed around him.
"I just froze", ̵
The police, who was hauling a truck across Street Street when the driver fired at them, called the shop window, where he crashed into the door.
Who is inside! "Mahdi remembers how they were shouting: he was pulled out, trembling, through the window and on the ground, where he saw the body of the truck driver, a man suspected of numerous armed robberies. suspected Monday on Monday when Harold Vincent Robinson (37) from West Valley City Sheriff County Salt Lake and police chief Salt Lake City at a joint press conference said there was no evidence that they believed crime
The episode ended with a shoot-out from the edge of downtown Salt Lake City to the disaster at Princess Alternational, 4 miles south. found them
A crossroads down the Street Street from 500 to 3500 southern afternoon were closed to most of the environment, as did some crossroads to the east – the direction by which the witnesses said that the suspect shot his driver's window window – while the police picked up bullets and shells and photographed the crime scene.
The first robber was reported at 10:06 am on the petroleum-based Holiday Oil at around 2700 W. 4700 South in Taylorsville, reports the sheriff of the Salt Lake District of Rose River. Approximately half an hour later, at 10:37 AM, a robber was robbed in the 7-Eleven area near the 900 East and 3,300 in the south in Milcrock, said Rivera. The Temple and 500 South, where officers began to pursue a white pickup that escaped from the scene, said Salt Lake police chief Mike Brown.
Brown and Rivera said that the driver, later identified as Robinson, was suspected of all three robberies, despite the fact that he did not immediately understand how he drove more than 5 miles on the busy streets of the city in about ninety minutes.
Robinson has a long criminal record, although many allegations – including calculations of hardship abductions and assaults – date in 2001 were rejected. He pleaded guilty to an offense in 2003 and did not perform an officer in 2012.
District Salt Lake County District Attorney Seam Hill filed a lawsuit filed in Salt Lake City in 2003, as part of a Monday investigation. He said that at first it was unclear why so many cases against Robinson covering several jurisdictions were rejected. Possible causes may include problems with evidence, non-collaborative witnesses, or mental health issues.
"We will begin to divide it," said Jill. "We look at all this."
From the city center of Salt Lake City, officers chased the truck south to State Street. Witness Mary Kim said she was traveling around 700 south and state streets when she heard shooting and saw that the white truck was white with red light and then "As 20 police cars".
The Cameras of Utah of the Department of Transportation showed white Ford, a four-door pickup that runs the police on the chase.
When the truck driver ran to the south, State Street, he pushed into the window and shot the gun at the police, Brown said.
"It reminded me that I was returning home in California," said Philip Wesley, former Sacramento, who said he saw the driver shooting. «Back [shooting out the car window] is okay.»
Pol ice sometimes ends in pursuit with fears, or suspects or officers will collapse and damage observers. Officers discussed over the police radio, ending the persecution of Monday but decided the driver posed too much danger to be allowed to escape, Brown said.
After the truck crashed into a refit shop near 3300 South and Street States, witnesses reported that numerous officers waved weapons and opened fire. Rivera said that the suspect was fired by several officers from numerous police forces.
Amad Bilal was near the crossroads, he said when he heard about 40 shots fired. Another witness said that he believed that closer to 300 shots were released. Scotty Newman was at Beans & Brews nearby when he saw police cruisers driving one after the other on Street State.
"I thought it was a cop parade for some reason," Newman said. – Then I heard all the shooting. … A bunch of policemen ran across Street Street, all their guns stretched, firing on this truck, which now crashed along the road. … This is the most striking thing I've ever seen in my life. "
Robinson died after chasing the car, but Rivera did not confirm how he died. The human body could be seen under the truck shortly after the accident. The truck had visible holes with balls.
The DPA officer also suffered minor injuries when the officer got into a ricochet, said Rivera.
Mahdi said that he did not know how many balls the shop was recycling when he was inside; he said that only the flying stone and dirt are remembered. He was pulled out immediately, because the smell of gas came from the broken truck at the door, he said, and he could not return to the store located between the two other units in the building.
– Why did they shoot so many times? – Hasan asked. "All this shooting could hurt so many people or kill someone. In my opinion, this was not necessary.
Mahdi said that he was shocked by the fact that he found only one body on earth.
"I expected a war between 20 people and the police," he said. – he said. "When you can hear all the shots, you do not expect that there will be only one person."
He saw a crowd of officers who still owned weapons and looked at him.
their hands, "he said. – They were afraid, and I was afraid. I also understand their point of view.
Mahdi said that a terrible day may seem insignificant compared to the military zone – but the shock of violence after a lasting weakening in peaceful life left him even more shocking, he said. 19659004] "We see death there, but the fact is that you are still alive. Regardless of how much I lived there and saw there, it was different, "he said.
Mahdi said that he does not know how he will return his sense of peace. close my eyes I remember everything. "