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Man faces charges in disarming deputy

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A 29-year-old man has been charged in 3rd District Court after he allegedly disarmed an off-duty Salt Lake County sheriff's deputy last week.

About 3:10 a.m. on Dec. 24 the deputy observed two men in dark-colored clothing breaking into his neighbor's sports utility vehicle near 4200 West and 11400 South, charges filed Monday state. The deputy grabbed his flashlight, handcuffs and handgun. The deputy approached the men and informed them he was a police officer and they were under arrest. The men fled.

The deputy chased and tackled one of them. During a struggle with the man, the deputy's handgun fell to the ground. The man was able to grab it first and said, "I have your gun, back off," charges state.

The deputy got away and the man fled the scene.

When later apprehended, the man showed authorities where he hid the gun, charges state.

He was charged with disarming a peace officer, a first-degree felony; aggravated assault; a third-degree felony, and vehicle burglary; a class A misdemeanor.