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Police: Man damaged patrol car with shovel, threatened officers

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Police: Man damaged patrol car with shovel, threatened officers

By Pat Reavy | Posted - Aug. 20, 2015 at 4:01 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY — A man who police say was hitting a police patrol car with a shovel before swinging the shovel at officers was taken into custody Wednesday after being talked into surrendering.

Just before 11 p.m., Salt Lake police officers were at Wal-Mart, 350 W. Hope Avenue (1405 South) dealing with a shoplifting case when they were told a man was outside banging on a patrol car with a shovel, according to Salt Lake police detective Veronica Montoya.

"When officers approached, the suspect raised the shovel over his head and yelled at the officers. One of the officers attempted to deploy his Taser on the suspect, but it did not make full contact," she said.

Montoya said the man took a swing at officers with the shovel but did not make contact. One officer drew his gun while the other was armed with the Taser, Montoya said.

After a brief standoff, the officers talked the man into putting the shovel down.

Robert Martinez, 59, was arrested for investigation of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and criminal mischief, in addition to several outstanding warrants.

The driver's side door of the patrol car had a broken mirror and a few dents, Montoya said. Martinez told officers he was upset that his car had been impounded by police, though when officers checked there was no record of his car being in the Salt Lake impound lot, she said.

Pat Reavy

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