Taser used to subdue man in Park City on 4th of July
July 10, 2016
A Park City police officer used a Taser to subdue a man at City Park on the 4th of July after he smashed a beer bottle and threatened others with the broken bottle, the Police Department said.
The police said the confrontation occurred on the basketball court at 3:30 p.m. An officer assigned to patrol City Park on foot on Independence Day was told a man wearing a cowboy hat was starting fights on the court, Phil Kirk, a police captain, said. Officers arrived at the basketball court and found the man fighting another man, he said.
Kirk said officers broke up the fight and interviewed the two men involved. One of the men, described by the police as the victim, told officers the other man threw a beer bottle on the ground, it shattered and one of the shards of glass bounced off the ground and cut the victim, Kirk said. The suspect also threatened the others with the broken bottle, the police said.
Over the next 10 minutes, the suspect started fights with two other people, Kirk said. One man tackled the suspect in an attempt to restrain him, he said. Two police officers arrived and attempted to arrest the suspect. He resisted, prompting one of the officers to use a Taser after warning the man that he would do so, Kirk said. He was taken into custody after the Taser was used and booked into the Summit County Jail.
Kirk said it did not appear that the suspect knew the victim.
Kirk said he was booked into jail on six preliminary charges, the most serious being a count of aggravated assault. Kirk said the man had what is suspected to be a forged Mexican consulate identification card.
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The man is 30 years old and lives in West Valley City. The Police Department continues to investigate the man’s immigration status.
“He was very intoxicated . . . He got angry with several people,” Kirk said.