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Salt Lake police say man tried to take off-duty officer's gun

A 37-year-old man is in custody after attempting to take a gun off a Salt Lake City police officer at a 7-Eleven early Friday morning.
A 37-year-old man is in custody after attempting to take a gun off a Salt Lake City police officer at a 7-Eleven early Friday morning.
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SALT LAKE CITY — A man is in custody after attempting to take a gun from a Salt Lake City police officer at a 7-Eleven early Friday morning.

Christopher Wright, 37, was arrested for investigation of assaulting and disarming a police officer. He also is facing violation of parole.

The officer was off duty and in plain clothes when he stopped at the convenience store at 780 S. 900 West before his shift, police reported.

Wright approached and started questioning the officer, asking if the officer knew him. The officer replied that he didn’t know Wright, Salt Lake police detective Greg Wilking said.

Wright then offered the officer a spot in front of him in line. The officer declined and continued to shop, police said.

Wright then “rushed” the police officer and attempted to take his gun, Wilking reported.

The officer identified himself as a police officer and maintained control of his weapon. A customer in the store called police after realizing the officer was being attacked, Wilking said. Additional officers arrived and took Wright into custody.

The reason behind the assault is under investigation.

— Ashley Stilson