Tasered man pleads guilty in Old Town confrontation
July 1, 2011
A man stunned with a Taser by a Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputy late in 2010 pleaded guilty on Monday to a charge related to the episode.
Paul Bradshaw, who is 27 years old and from Salt Lake City, entered the guilty plea in Third District Court at Silver Summit to a count of interfering with a peace officer making a lawful arrest, a class B misdemeanor. Two other charges that had been filed assault against a peace officer on duty and intoxication were dismissed.
Judge L.A. Dever fined Bradshaw $100 and placed him on probation for nine months. A class B misdemeanor could have carried a sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
The episode unfolded last December in the parking garage under the Town Lift Plaza. Police officers were called to the vicinity after a large fight was reported, with the police worried that one of the people involved might have a gun.
The police had stopped six suspects by the time a Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived, the police have said. The deputy and a police officer then searched the garage for more suspects and a gun. No weapon was found.
The two law enforcement officers found Bradshaw in a car in the garage and demanded he show his hands, the authorities have said. He did not comply with the order, the deputy opened a car door and pulled him out as he ordered him to show his hands, the Sheriff’s Office said at the time.
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The Sheriff’s Office claimed Bradshaw did not comply and was told a Taser would be used. The deputy stunned him with the Taser after a brief struggle, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Charging documents filed against Bradshaw described the brief struggle, but they did not acknowledge the use of the Taser. His attorney has said Bradshaw is a Marine veteran who worked at a Main Street restaurant at the time.