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Man charged for allegedly attacking, injuring officers at court hearing

A Magna man was charged Thursday for allegedly attacking and injuring police officers in a courtroom last year.
A Magna man was charged Thursday for allegedly attacking and injuring police officers in a courtroom last year.
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SALT LAKE CITY — A Magna man was charged Thursday for allegedly attacking and injuring police officers in a courtroom last year.

Tyler Derekk Johnson, 21, was in a courtroom of the Matheson Courthouse on Sept. 28, 2015, when he began to yell at the judge, prompting bailiffs to try to restrain him, charging documents say.

In connection with the incident, Johnson is charged in 3rd District Court with aggravated assault resulting in injury by a prisoner, a first-degree felony, and two counts of assault by a prisoner, a third-degree felony.

Johnson allegedly kicked two officers and threw his weight against a bailiff. One of the officers fell to the ground, at which point Johnson continued to kick her, charges state. She suffered a broken ankle, and "pain and swelling in her face," according to court documents.

The other officer suffered a hyperextended knee when Johnson kicked him in his left leg, charges state. The man is still in physical therapy because of that injury, police said.

The attack began when Johnson threw his weight behind the bailiff "and began kicking aggressively," prompting officers to bring him to the ground, court documents say. The bailiff later reported soreness and back pain from the alleged attack.

In another case, Johnson pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor assault. He also pleaded guilty last year to attempted aggravated robbery, a felony, and misdemeanor criminal trespass, court records show.

Johnson is involved in three ongoing criminal cases filed against him last year, and faces charges of felony assault by a prisoner; three counts of domestic violence-related aggravated assault, a felony; and three counts of violating a jail release court order, a misdemeanor.

No initial court date is scheduled in the case filed Thursday against Johnson, who is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail.

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