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Man faces 11 charges in violent Moab incident

A man police say threatened restaurant patrons and police with a gun in Moab now faces nearly a dozen charges.
A man police say threatened restaurant patrons and police with a gun in Moab now faces nearly a dozen charges.
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MOAB — A man who police say threatened restaurant patrons and police with a gun in Moab now faces nearly a dozen charges.

Patrick Trujillo, 27, was charged Friday in 7th District Court with two counts of assault against a police officer, a second-degree felony, and nine other charges.

On Aug. 1, about 10:15 p.m., Moab police and Grand County sheriff's deputies were called to a report of a man with a gun on Main Street who had also fired a shot in front of Zax Restaurant, 100 S. Main, Moab Police Chief Jim Winder said earlier this week.

Witnesses pointed officers to the Rio Restaurant, 2 S. 100 West, where the man had gone inside. "Witnesses in the bar indicated the subject had been brandishing the weapon and threatening patrons," Winder said.

As officers approached the man, he "pulled a firearm from his waistband" and a shot was fired during the ensuing struggle, he said. No one was injured.

As officers tackled the man to the ground, they continued to wrestle him, "at one point placing their hand in the firing mechanism of the weapon to prevent further discharges," Winder said.

In addition to the assault charges, Trujillo is also charged with using a concealed weapon to commit a violent crimes, a second-degree felony; two counts of possession of a weapon by a restricted person, one second-degree felony and one third-degree felony; discharge of a firearm, a third-degree felony; possession of a weapon with intent to assault and use of a weapon in a fight, class A misdemeanors; threat of violence and impersonating an officer, class B misdemeanors; and disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor.