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Man charged with assault of officer in downtown Salt Lake riot after police shooting of teen

FILE — Salt Lake police respond to shots fired in the 200 South block Rio Grande Street in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 27, 2016.
FILE — Salt Lake police respond to shots fired in the 200 South block Rio Grande Street in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 27, 2016.
Sandra Yi

SALT LAKE CITY — An 18-year-old South Jordan man was charged Wednesday for his role in a downtown confrontation with officers following the police shooting of a teenage boy last month.

Jonathan Ammom Holman, 18, is accused of throwing a rock at police officers, hitting one of them in the knee, near the homeless shelter on Rio Grande Street on Feb. 27.

Holman is charged with assault against a peace officer and possession of a controlled substance, both second-degree felonies, as well as interference with an arresting officer and rioting, both class B misdemeanors.

Holman and others were reportedly angry with Salt Lake police after officers shot 17-year-old Abdullahi Mohamed. Police say Mohamed and another person were beating a man with a 3-foot object made from light metal that may have been a mop or broom handle.

Mohamed was shot after he "continued to advance on the victim" despite commands from officers to stop, according to an earlier statement released by Salt Lake police.

Mohamed was struck in the chest and stomach. Family members said his condition improved over the next few days after undergoing surgery.

"Several people, including … Holman, were yelling at the officers and throwing rocks. (Holman) threw a large rock which nearly struck one officer in the head and then slammed into (a Unified police officer's) knee," charges state.

Holman tried to evade capture, but police used a Taser to subdue him and then arrested him, according to the charges. Officers searched him and allegedly found he had five baggies of meth with him, charges state.

At least three other people were arrested for allegedly throwing objects at police. About 100 officers from Unified police and several other agencies assisted at the scene to maintain control over potentially riotous conditions, officials said.

Issa Tirko, 38, was one of the others arrested. Police are investigating him for suspicion of rioting, drug possession with intent to distribute, interfering with an arrest and intoxication. No formal charges have so far been filed against Tirko, who is currently in the Salt Lake County Jail.

In January, Holman entered a plea in abeyance to a reduced, class A misdemeanor forgery charge, court records show. He was also charged in January with making a threat of violence, a class B misdemeanor.

Holman is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail.

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