ST. GEORGE — A St. George man was arrested in Bloomington Hills Monday night in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident that resulted in the man being hit with a stun gun by police.
Police officers responded to the report of a possible domestic violence situation in the area of East Evergreen Drive around 9:20 p.m., according to a probable cause statement by St. George Police Officer K. Chamberlain.
The man involved in the incident, identified as Eric Shawn Myers, 41, allegedly went on a rampage through his girlfriend’s house and refused to cooperate with police once they arrived.
“We had evidence where he had assaulted his girlfriend and caused some damage to the home during an argument,” Sgt. Sam Despain said Tuesday. “He also didn’t obey officers’ commands.”
Myers was also intoxicated at the time of the incident, Despain said.
According to the probable cause statement, when Chamberlain arrived at the scene he was met on the street by a man and woman who told him to wait for more officers. They said they believed the suspect might shoot someone. At this point the officer retrieved an AR-15 rifle from his patrol car as a precaution.
“When we respond to incidents of domestic violence, those are the critical incidents, the most volatile incidents we respond to,” Despain said. “And when there’s information that there may be weapons involved in an incident, officers take precautions.”
Chamberlain saw Myers exit the residence and head toward his truck. According to his probable cause statement, Chamberlain believed Myers had an object in one of his hands, but he couldn’t see clearly. The officer made his presence known and told Myers to show his hands. Myers told the officer to leave him alone and kept walking to his truck.
Myers continued to ignore Chamberlain as he reached into his truck, the statement said. At this point additional officers arrived. Myers exited the truck and it was observed that he wasn’t holding anything in either hand. Chamberlain slung his rifle at this point.
Myers spoke with officers for a moment, then told them to leave him alone. The officers started to approach Myers who in turn started to move toward his truck.
“When the male reached back into the vehicle, I observed him reaching towards a rifle of some sort,” Chamberlain said in his report.
Chamberlain shouted to the other officer about Myers possibly reaching for a gun, at which point the other officer shot Myers with his stun gun. The shock put Myers on the ground and the officers proceeded to put him in handcuffs. While taking him into custody, police noted a strong odor of alcohol coming from Myers.
A search of Myers’ truck produced three firearms, one of which came back as stolen when police ran a check on it. Having prior felony convictions, Myers is listed as a “restricted person” who cannot possess firearms.
Myers was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility following a checkup at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.
He has been charged with one second-degree felony for the stolen firearm; three third-degree felonies for being a restricted person possessing firearms; two class A misdemeanors for child abuse and criminal mischief; three class C misdemeanors related to assault, carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and interfering with an arresting officer; and one class C misdemeanor for intoxication.
Misdemeanors related to criminal mischief and assault are attributed to domestic violence.
According to booking information, bail was set at $31,550. Myers made his first appearance before the 5th District Court Tuesday; his first roll call appearance is set for April 13.
St. George News was at the scene Monday night following the conclusion of the incident and spoke to Sgt. David Williams. As the incident was fresh and still under investigation at the time, he was unable to go into detail at the time, though confirmed police had responded to a domestic disturbance that reportedly involved firearms, and that a suspect was in custody.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
St. George News Senior Reporter Mori Kessler contributed to this report.
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