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Man accused of trying to take cop's gun

Published February 4, 2013 3:50 pm

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A 20-year-old man was jailed over the weekend for allegedly tackling a Salt Lake City police officer and firing one round from the officer's gun after unsuccessfully trying to take the gun from his holster.

Police responded to 1471 E. Westminster Ave. (1905 South), early Friday morning on reports of a man and woman screaming outside that address.

According to police, one of the responding officers was "immediately" tackled by the suspect, who allegedly tried to disarm the officer. During the struggle, the 20-year-old fired one round through the officer's holster.

It took several other officers to pry the man from the officer and take him into custody. The man was booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree felony disarming a peace officer, second-degree felony aggravated assault, class B misdemeanor disturbing the peace and class C misdemeanor public intoxication.

He was held Monday in lieu of a $50,755 bail.

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