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Charges: Man threw large rock at Salt Lake police, threatened to kill officer's family

A man threw a large rock at a group of Salt Lake police officers, narrowly missing them, and then threatened to kill the family of one of those officers, according to criminal charges filed Monday.
A man threw a large rock at a group of Salt Lake police officers, narrowly missing them, and then threatened to kill the family of one of those officers, according to criminal charges filed Monday.
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SALT LAKE CITY — A man threw a large rock at a group of Salt Lake police officers, narrowly missing them, and then threatened to kill the family of one of those officers, according to criminal charges filed Monday.

Adrian Timothy Chavira, 19, of Salt Lake City, allegedly threw a rock about the size of a softball at three officers standing next to a patrol car at 240 S. 500 West on Feb. 16.

"The rock struck the police vehicle and missed the officers by inches," charges state.

Charging documents also say that "had the rock struck one of them, it would have caused serious bodily injury."

Chavira is charged in 3rd District Court with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; propelling a substance or object at a peace officer, a class A misdemeanor; and making a threat of violence, and interference with an arresting officer, both class B misdemeanors.

Chavira fled from the officers after throwing the rock, police say. While fleeing, "he pointed his hand at (one) officer in the form of a gun and pretended to shoot him," charging documents state.

The officer caught up to Chavira, who resisted arrest and "threatened to kill the officer's family," according to the charges.

Chavira allegedly also tried to spit in another officer's face, hitting him in the hand.

Chavira's criminal history includes guilty pleas to drug distribution and drug paraphernalia possession. He is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail.

— Ben Lockhart