ST. GEORGE — Grabbing the barrel of a rifle belonging to a law enforcement officer is one way to earn a trip straight to jail.
One man allegedly grabbed an officer’s rifle when deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to an incident at his home in the Gunlock area of Washington County Sunday.
Daniel Keith Walker, 53, of Gunlock, was allegedly damaging some property that belonged to one of his neighbors when the sheriff’s office was called.
He’s also accused of breaking his neighbor’s cell phone in the incident.
When officers arrived at the home to arrest Walker, they brought rifles because they didn’t know if there were any guns in the Walker’s possession, said Graham Hancock, Washington County Sheriff’s deputy.
“He was in his home where officers knew he does have firearms,” Hancock said. “He’s open about that from incidents when we’ve spoken to him before, so officers were just being prepared when they brought their firearms.”
Walker allegedly grabbed the barrel of one of the deputies’ rifles and held on so long, Hancock said he had to physically removed by other officers.
After officers got the situation under control, they arrested Walker without further incident and brought him to Purgatory Correctional Facility. He was charged with a first-degree felony for disarming a peace officer. He was also charged with several misdemeanors for interfering with an arresting officer, assault, criminal mischief and damaging a communication device.
Walker’s bail was set at $25,000. At the time of this report, he remains in custody at the jail.
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