A man was recently shot in the arm after pulling his gun inside the West Valley City, Utah police station.
The man walked into the police station and allegedly requested that the officer behind the front desk come out and talk to him. The police officer, who was behind secure, bullet-proof glass, refused the request. Ultimately, the man showed his gun and reinforcements were called.
At some point the man was shot twice in the arm by a police officer. Reports do not state whether the armed man fired his gun prior to being shot. The man has been booked into jail while being investigated for attempted murder, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon by a restricted person and other charges.
What is Assault?
As a registered sex offender, this man is not legally eligible to have a gun—hence the weapon charge. A person may be charged with assault if he:
• Attempts to do bodily injury to another
• Threatens, by some show of immediate force or violence, to injure someone
• Actually physically harms another person
The charge can be increased to aggravated assault if the individual uses a dangerous weapon (such as a gun) while committing the assault. Aggravated assault is a third degree felony unless serious physical injury occurs, in which case it is a second degree felony.
It doesn’t matter whether a person commits assault on a member of a Utah police force or just an average citizen, he will likely be charged with a crime either way. However, showing up with a gun inside a Utah police station isn’t the smartest move a person could make.
Don’t Talk to Police
We don’t know what led to this man’s alleged behavior; presumably there will be some investigation into why he acted the way he did. In the meantime, he has made a good choice, which is not to speak to authorities without talking to an attorney.
If you find yourself on the opposite side of the law, you shouldn’t talk to police either. Make sure you discuss your case with an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney before talking to anyone else.