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More charges for South Jordan man allegedly making bombs in house

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Ryan Lynn McManigal, 42, of South Jordan, faces attempted aggravated murder and other charges after police say he shot at officers and forced the evacuation of a South Jordan neighborhood during the July 24, 2020, holiday because bomb making materials were found in his house.

Salt Lake County Jail

SALT LAKE CITY — A South Jordan man already facing charges for allegedly shooting at police officers and having 20 pounds of explosives in his house now faces additional charges.

Ryan Lynn McManigal, 42, of South Jordan, was charged Tuesday in 3rd District Court with two counts of criminal mischief, a third-degree felony, and three counts of unlawful shooting, a class B misdemeanor.

On July 19, just after midnight, one of McManigal’s neighbors awoke to the sound of gunshots, according to charging documents. He looked outside to see McManigal walking around with “an AR-style rifle,” the charges state.

A South Jordan police officer investigating the case later found posts on social media by McManigal stating “I feel better after shooting out a light last night,” the charges state.

The officer found a streetlight and pole near McManigal’s house with three bullet holes in it, according to charging documents.

On July 20, a 17-year-old girl who was visiting a friend near McManigal’s home found her car was vandalized by someone scratching the words “Do not park on the street” in the paint on the trunk of her vehicle, the charges state. McManigal allegedly claimed responsibility for that also on social media, the charges state.

Three days later, after making threats to commit a mass shooting at a restaurant across the street from his house, officers and SWAT teams from several agencies served a warrant on McManigal’s house, using armored vehicles to approach his door.

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Police are seen Friday, July 24, 2020, at the scene where explosives were found in a South Jordan home after an hourslong standoff that started the night before.

Winston Armani, Deseret News

McManigal shot the armored vehicle 13 times before his gun jammed and he surrendered. Inside his house, at least 20 pounds of highly explosive chemicals were found that forced the evacuation of approximately 600 homes and 30 businesses while bomb technicians detonated the devices.

Investigators believe the bombs were intended for relatives of McManigal.

He was charged in that case in 3rd District Court with two counts of attempted aggravated murder and three counts of use of a weapon of mass destruction, first-degree felonies.

McManigal is scheduled to be back in court on those charges on Aug. 11.