A 19-year-old man, Anton Oliver Preto Bay, accused of pulling a BB gun on an Orem police officer and pulling the trigger is lucky to be alive.
Orem Police Lt. Craig Martinez said two of his officers last month were faced with a man who pointed what appeared to be a real gun at one of the officers. The officer’s partner immediately grabbed his own gun and would have shot the man if the other officer was just one more step back, he said.
“Honestly it’s a matter of probably a foot why he wasn’t shot,” Martinez said. Instead, the officers ended up disarming the man using nothing but their bare hands.
Orem police released body camera video of the dramatic event to show how quickly a potential deadly situation can unfold.