A West Salt Lake man shot by a police officer after the man threatened the officer with a sword has been sentenced to serve 30 days in jail.
Daniel Steven Shepard, 42, was originally charged with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony, but he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted aggravated assault, a Class A misdemeanor, as part of a plea bargain.Prosecutors accused him of attacking Salt Lake police officer Eric Irvine with a 31-inch sword made from plate steel.
Irvine shot him three times while Shepard was on the porch of his home at 1128 W. Indiana Ave. (800 South) on Jan. 4. Shepard had been chopping up furniture inside the house with the sword and had been threatening others. The officer convinced him to put the sword down, but Shepard then grabbed it and came after Irvine while swinging the weapon.
In addition to the jail time, 3rd Circuit Judge Philip Palmer ordered Shepard to complete an alcohol program and serve 12 months probation.