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Orem Police Department
A still frame from body camera footage provided by the Orem Police Department shows an encounter in which a 19-year-old man is accused of pulling a BB gun on an officer.

OREM — A 19-year-old man 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.

On Thursday, Orem police released body camera video of the dramatic event to show how quickly a potential deadly situation can unfold.

What would you do?

We're going to show you a video that is very disturbing to us! Before you watch it, we wanted you to have the back story.....Cpl. Vance and Officer Sillitoe responded to a report of a Suspicious Occupied Vehicle, that was it. Pretty simple call huh? Well, after talking to the four people in the car (with tinted back windows), Sillitoe was being very cordial to all of the "kids" (they all looked very young) and was in the process of letting them go with no enforcement action being taken except that he found out, the rear passenger was giving him a fake name. What you're about to see in when Officer Sillitoe starts to confront the kid in the back.....We'll tell you how it ended tomorrow!Keep your rage in a cage, if it's not yours don't touch it, eat it don't tweet it, hugs not drugs and smile.......it confuses people.-LT

Posted by Orem Police Department on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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So here's part two of our video from yesterday. As you can hear at the end, the suspect in this case wanted us to kill him. It didn't happen...........There are a few points that we are hoping everyone can take from this video:1. See how fast things can happen and we are left playing "catch up".2. This gun ended up being a BB gun but we didn't know that until after the officer grabbed it out of the suspects hands3. It looked and sounded like a real gun.4. Cpl. Vance was too close and his natural reaction was to reach out and take the gun from him.5. Had he been a bit further away, this may have ended differently because what you can't see from this angle is that Officer Sillitoe had seen the gun at the last second and drew his handgun but decided not to shoot because Cpl. Vance had gotten too close to the suspect to take him down. 6. This situation is NOT being used to critique any other incident that happened somewhere else. The circumstances here are not the same, none of them are. 7. Every use of force situation is different and can't be compared to each other.8. Our officers did everything right......ie. good officer safety positions, good calm demeanor with the occupants, smart tactical sense etc. These are seasoned officers with both SWAT experience and one with combat experience in the military.9. Sometimes when people want to do bad things, we can't prevent it, we can only try to minimize the damage.10. The officers are glad that both themselves and the suspect ended up being unharmed.It happens this fast folks. We all know that this is part of our job, doesn't mean we look forward to it!*We edited out curse words and names from the video (Except towards the end of the video, that was an enditing error on our part)Keep your rage in a cage, if it's not yours don't touch it, eat it don't tweet it, hugs not drugs and smile.......it confuses people.-LT

Posted by Orem Police Department on Thursday, October 19, 2017

On Sept. 29, Orem police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle. After finding the car and pulling it over for questioning, Anton Oliver Preto Bay, of Provo, who was in the back seat, gave the officer a false name, according to charging documents.

"When the officer confronted him about the false name, the defendant opened the door quickly and exited the vehicle. As the officer stepped back to avoid getting hit by the door, he heard a clicking sound and saw the defendant crouch and point a gun at another officer," the charges state.

Bay fired his weapon three times, according to charging documents.

Martinez said the officer who Bay pointed the gun toward didn't have time to grab his own gun. His partner, however, did draw his weapon.

"He saw the gun as it came up, and he drew his handgun and was about to shoot when the other officer closed the distance. So he didn't. And the only reason he didn't was because the other officer was so close to the suspect at the time," he said.

The officer who had the gun pulled on him lunged toward Bay and grabbed the barrel of Bay's gun with his hands and pointed it toward the ground, Martinez said. It was only then that the officers realized Bay was holding a BB gun, he said.

Bay was then tackled by officers.

"The defendant kept telling the officer that he would kill them," the charges state.

Martinez said officers believed Bay was trying to commit suicide by cop.

"You can hear him saying, 'Just kill me,'" he said. "This kid wanted us to shoot him, that's what it boiled down to. He had warrants. He didn't want to go to jail. He wanted us to shoot him."

Martinez said Orem police officer Dereck Sillitoe and Cpl. James Vance "did everything right" in this situation. He said both are "seasoned officers with SWAT experience and one with combat experience in the military."

Bay was charged Oct. 3 in 4th District Court with assault against a peace officer, a second-degree felony; giving a false ID to an officer, a class A misdemeanor; marijuana possession, a class B misdemeanor; and unlawful alcohol possession, a class B misdemeanor.

A preliminary hearing in that case is scheduled for Oct. 31.

At the time of the incident, Bay had three other warrants out for his arrest.

In June, he was charged in Orem Justice Court with drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and alcohol possession, all class B misdemeanors. He pleaded no contest to the drug possession charge and was sentenced on Oct. 2 to probation.

In April, Bay was convicted of theft and failing to stop for a law enforcer after he fled from Springville police at a high rate of speed in a stolen car before crashing into a light pole. He spent more than three months in jail before being released, according to jail records. But a warrant was issued for his arrest in July when he violated conditions of his probation, according to court records.

In February, Bay spent four days in jail when he was arrested and later charged with several counts of vehicle burglary and drug possession. In charging documents, police noted that "Anton has a history of selling/using drugs" and that he had stated "he had no intention of attending his court dates or complying with parole requirements." Bay was sentenced to 10 days in jail and probation, court records state.