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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The Utah Transit Authority will arm its 20 security officers.
U-T-A General Manager John Inglish announced the decision yesterday and said it probably will be carried out by the end of the month.
He cited a March 19th incident in which two armed men assaulted three transit security officers at a Murray light-rail station.
U-T-A originally hired armed private security guards to check tickets and handle disturbances on buses and TRAX trains, but the security firm's contract was not renewed last year.
The U-T-A decided to create its own force, but did not decide immediately to arm them.
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