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Man charged after trying to take a cop’s gun following an airport attack

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill announced that charges will be filed against Scott Hollis, who is accused of beating a man, choking a teenager and trying to grab an officer’s gun.

Scott Hollis, 28, faces one count of first-degree felony disarming a police officer for attempting to take the gun, one count of third-degree felony disarming a police officer for taking the TASER, and one count of third-degree felony aggravated assault, a misdemeanor, and a misdemeanor assault of a peace officer.

Arrest documents show Hollis approached the first victim, punched him in the face and then began choking a second victim. The SLCPD identified the victim who was beaten as a 20-year-old male and the victim who was strangled as a 17-year-old.

The TASER was never activated and officers were able to recover it when they took Hollis into custody with the help of others.

Officials reported one officer suffered minor injuries while responding to the incident.

“We are grateful that no one was seriously injured in this incident in one of the most heavily trafficked areas of Salt Lake City. We thank the witnesses who are willing to help stop the violence and quickly identify the suspect to police,” Gill said. “We appreciate the work of Salt Lake City Police Department officers who quickly took the suspect into custody and prevented him from harming other members of our community. All persons accused of misconduct are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.”

Airport activities were not affected in any way by the situation.

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