ST. GEORGE — After a naked man allegedly kicked down the front door of a home in a rural part of Iron County Tuesday, the homeowners shot him multiple times before he left and was arrested.
Christian Holbert, 24, from Washington County, is accused of breaking into the home on 17800 W in what is known as Old Irontown in southern Iron County at about 12:40 p.m. Two elderly residents were in the house when Holbert broke in, according to a press release from the Iron County Sheriff’s Office.
“The homeowners felt threatened by the male and his demeanor and as a result, the suspect was shot multiple times with a handgun,” according to the press release.
After being shot, Holbert was still trying to get up, was not listening to the homeowners and was being “irrational.” He then left the house and was found by officers about 20 minutes later. He was still naked and being noncompliant when police arrived, so they used a stun gun on him multiple times, which “had little to no impact on Holbert.”
Deputies were eventually able to subdue the man and arrest him. Emergency responders treated Holbert’s gunshot wounds at the scene and transported him to Dixie Regional Medical Center via Intermountain Life Flight helicopter. His injuries are serious, but probably not life-threatening, said Lt. Del Schlosser, of the Iron County Sheriff’s Office.
Drugs are believed to have caused Holbert to be acting the way that he did, Schlosser said. Charges are pending and will be filed after the investigation is completed.
There are no charges being filed against the homeowners at this time. They were uninjured but distressed from having to shoot a man in their home, Schlosser said.
“Obviously, they’re pretty shaken up after being involved in such a dramatic event.”
This report is based on statements from police and may not contain the full scope of findings. Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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