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Shot fired, officer assaulted at USANA rap concert

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Levi Faust, 26

Levi Faust, 26

Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office

WEST VALLEY CITY — A rap concert at the USANA Amphitheatre turned into a busy night for police who responded to a shooting in one incident and were forced to use a Taser on a concert-goer in another.

Rap stars Drake and Lil' Wayne performed at USANA, 5150 S. 6055 West, on Thursday before an estimated crowd of 8,000 to 10,000 people, according to police.

West Valley Police Lt. Dalan Taylor said there was extra law enforcement presence at the show. In addition to West Valley police, members of the Salt Lake Metro Gang Unit, the Safe Streets Task Force and the Utah Highway Patrol's Alcohol Enforcement Team were present, he said.

Several fights broke out in the crowd during the show, Taylor said. After police broke up one of those fights, they attempted to escort Levi Faust, 26, off of the property.

"While they were walking off, Levi turned around and struck one of our officers a couple of times with his fist," he said.

The officer was punched several times in the face.

"I then tackled the male and we fought on the ground for some time," the officer wrote in a Salt Lake County Jail report.

The officer said he was also kicked as he tried to use his Taser as a stun gun. He used the stun gun twice, the second time putting it in the lower back of the suspect, before bringing him under control, the report states.

Faust was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of assault on a police officer, assault, disorderly conduct and intoxication.

Taylor said most of the problems inside USANA Thursday night could probably be blamed on alcohol.

After the concert was over and cars lined up outside the venue trying to get out, there was a confrontation about 12:15 a.m. Friday between seven adults inside a full-sized pickup truck and a vehicle behind them.

"The vehicle behind started honking at them. They obviously weren't able to go anywhere because there was traffic in front of them," Taylor said.

The other vehicle, described by witnesses as either a dark brown or gray 1990s Chevy Nova, pulled up next to the truck and a teenage boy wearing a black hoodie and a black L.A. cap, fired one round into the cab of the truck. The bullet did not penetrate the cab and no one was injured, Taylor said.

After the shot was fired, the Nova turned around and fled driving down the wrong side of the road. Police were still looking for the shooter Friday.

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