A man who police believed may have been suicidal was shot by police twice after he pointed a gun at the officers.
It seems that the man was holding a BB gun, although the police who responded were unaware of the type of gun. They asked him several times to put the gun down, but didn’t; eventually pointing the BB gun directly at a police officer. At that point the man was shot by police two times. Fortunately for him, the wounds do not appear to be life-threatening.
There is no immediate information on what charges the man will face, but the odds are good he’ll be in some legal trouble following his recovery. In fact, he may be charged with assault against a police officer.
Assault against a police officer or member of the military acting within his scope of duty is usually a class A misdemeanor. The exception to that charge is if a person violates this law more than once he will be guilty of a third degree felony.
If you are found guilty of this charge a second time, you will be required to serve a minimum of 90 ninety days in a prison or jail. Any additional offense will send you to jail or prison for 180 days. Under certain circumstances, a court may suspend a sentence concerning this law.
You needn’t wait to be arrested or charged with a crime to contact a Utah criminal defense attorney. It is in your best interests to make the right phone call today and get your life back on track.