Report: Man Attacks Utah Officer with 'Flower'-Shaped Lawn Ornament
A Utah police officer is now in recovery after a man who was reported to be trespassing suddenly attacked the cop with a large, flower-shaped lawn ornament, police say.
The bizarre attack unfolded in Salt Lake City late last night, as officers responded to a call about a man knocking on the doors of people’s homes.
As soon as they approached him, authorities say, the suspect refused to cooperate and became combative.
Witness says this is part of the metal lawn ornament used to sever part of a cop's ear this morning, more on live@11 pic.twitter.com/Uofo4fopo0
— scott mckane (@macfox13) February 3, 2016
He then struck one officer in the head with a cast-iron lawn decoration, severing his ear and leaving a large gash in his head, according to Fox 13.
The man continued to resist arrest, eventually leading officers little choice but to use a stun gun to take him into custody.
The suspect was later identified as Leon Hall, a 23-year-old previously arrested for charges involving a hit-and-run and drug possession.
S.L.C.P.D has booked into jail Leon Hall, 23, for aggravated assault on police officer.
— SLC Police Dept. (@slcpd) February 3, 2016
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Read more on this story, via Fox 13.