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Charges: Man takes officer's Taser during struggle, tries to use it against police

An Ogden man and his wife were arrested over the weekend after police say the man grabbed an officer's Taser during a struggle and tried to use it against the officers.

An Ogden man and his wife were arrested over the weekend after police say the man grabbed an officer's Taser during a struggle and tried to use it against the officers. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)



OGDEN — A man already on probation for assaulting a police officer was arrested in Ogden on Saturday and accused of assaulting several officers, including stealing one officer's Taser and trying to use it against him.

Ogden police were called to a domestic violence incident Saturday night. They arrived to find Eric Scott Mark, 38, "yelling and cussing" after already putting his father in a chokehold, according to charging documents. Police say Mark told the children in the house that the officers were the "enemy" and not to talk to them.

When Mark walked down a staircase toward officers, he kept his hands behind his back and refused to show them, according to a police booking affidavit. Mark then showed one of his hands but kept the other behind his back.

"After being ordered several more times to show his other hand, he lunged quickly and aggressively toward officers," the affidavit states.

Two officers deployed their Tasers, which police said were both ineffective. An officer then tackled Mark and as officers were struggling with him on the ground, Mark's wife, Pamela Kay Mark, 37, "began assaulting those officers by pulling at them and appeared to be striking them as well," according to the affidavit.

After both Marks were handcuffed, police learned that Eric Mark had taken a Taser from one of the officers and was trying to use it against police, the affidavit says. Charging documents further state that while fighting with police, Mark attempted "to gouge out" one of the officer's eyes.

Mark then had to be forced into a police patrol car to be taken to jail. Police noted in the report that the couple "smelled strongly of alcoholic beverages" and their speech was "slurred and deliberate as though they had thick tongues."

Eric Mark, who was already on probation for assaulting a police officer in Kentucky in 2018, was booked into the Weber County Jail. He was charged in 2nd District Court on Monday with three counts of assault on a police officer, aggravated assault, disarming a police officer, and obstructing justice, all third-degree felonies; interfering with an arresting officer, a class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor.

Pamela Mark was arrested and charged Monday with three counts of assault on a police officer, a class A misdemeanor, and interfering with an arresting officer, a class B misdemeanor.

Correction: An earlier version said Eric Mark was previously convicted of assaulting an officer in Tennessee. Charges filed Monday say that incident occurred in Kentucky.

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