Elusive 'Mountain Man' arrested after allegedly firing at helicopter

Father, son describe 'scary' encounter with elusive gunman


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  • red state pride Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 3, 2013 8:49 p.m.

    That was pretty stupid to fire at that helicopter. That's gotta be a big, fat felony. Other than that all they had on him was breaking and entering, larceny, vandalism etc. which I certainly don't condone and he should definitely be punished for.

  • davidroy Flagstaff, AZ
    April 3, 2013 2:06 p.m.

    At close range, shotguns can be devastating. Some of the more recent shooting tradgedy's....10 - 15 years....have been committed with a mix of weapons,i.e.,rifles, shotguns, pistols. But the semi-automatic rifle, incorrectly called an assault rifle by the media, politicians and pundits alike in most cases, is the weapon they like to zero in on as being the most evil. Certainly they are aware that the weapon of choice, almost exclusively, for the Chicago gang bangers is the pistol. The Viginia Tech shooter used two semi-automatic pistols, a Walther in .22 caliber and a Glock in 9mm to kill 32 and wound 17. Likewise for the wack job in the Gabby Giffords shooting, he used a Glock to kill six and wound 13. Yet the evil, black semi-auto AR-15 style rifle gets most of the bad press.The pols claim it has no use in civilian hands. What hogwash that is. It is the preferred and most common rifle used in shooting competition. It is popular with ranchers, plinkers and hunters. What's the common denominator in most of these shootings? Most shooters fall in the 18 to 26 age group.

  • perspicacious Salt lake city, Utah
    April 3, 2013 2:00 p.m.

    This guy is a poster child for the NRA. They would be proud to defend him and his gun mentality. Give him a shower and a long sentence and have his friend Wayne come and see him and offer NRA support.

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    April 3, 2013 12:31 p.m.

    I hope that the "MountainMan" they caught was not the guy whose posts we read a lot here in DN.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    April 3, 2013 12:10 p.m.


    I'm glad you brought up the "assault rifle" issue. The term is a loaded one. (No pun intended.) From what I can tell, the only thing that is an actual assault gun is a machine gun, which is full automatic and will fire bullets continously while the trigger is pulled. They are already illegal to own for the average person. Every other rifle or gun is a "semi" automatic requiring a trigger pull for each bullet fired. It doesn't matter if the gun is menacingly black and looks like something "The Terminator" would carry, or if it is painted pink with yellow polka dots. It is the same gun and will do the same damage. Truth is, a shotgun might be the most "assault" of any gun legally sold as it expells more than one round per trigger pull, unless you shoot a slug round of course.

  • Eliot Santaquin, UT
    April 3, 2013 11:24 a.m.

    I don't see anything out of line with pacificblue's comment. If he didn't need the gun then why did he always carry it with him? Why did he steal and stash firearms? Also, he didn't shoot at the police on the ground, only at the helicopter. Knapp pointed his gun but did not fire at the Emery County sheriff and the sheriff fired one round at him. That's when he surrendered. He is fortunate the sheriff's aim was off.

  • Spitvalve Denton, TX
    April 3, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    Always trust your dog's judgment. Hooray for the Lab!

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    April 3, 2013 8:41 a.m.

    pacificblue55; "all he needed to survive and pillage for six years is a working gun." I didn't see anywhere in the article where he had previously shot anyone. in fact in our local paper it was stated that he fired at the helicopter and 'one' shot at the ground force. So how do you believe that it was the 'working gun' that allowed him to pillage for six years. Maybe, it was the fact that no one had been able to catch him. Also, take into account that he didn't kill the two people who found him, nor, according to the article did he even threaten them. He is a criminal, and deserves to be prosecuted, but your comment was out of line.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    April 3, 2013 8:06 a.m.

    Shooting at a police helicopter-----now that's real smart, isn't it?

  • davidroy Flagstaff, AZ
    April 3, 2013 8:10 a.m.

    ....." he had an assault rifle".. Seems as if almost everyone has fallen into this trap of calling any firearm (rifle) that "resembles" a military rifle an assault rifle. I hear it all the time on TV coming from liberals and conservatives alike. Being black does not qualify as an assault rifle. Having the same physical shape and outline as a military rifle does not make it an assault rifle. I wish people would take the time to educate themselves as to what an assualt rifle is before throwing around the term so loosely. Politicians like to use the term and the general public,at least those that are ignorant about firearms, believe that's what they are. Politicians call for assault weapons to be banned. Well, the simple truth is "assault" rifles have been banned since 1934.Civilian ownership of assault rifles or any other full-automatic firearm is tightly regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives under the National Firearms Act of 1934. Why don't the politicians recognize this fact? Could it be that it doesn't suit their agenda?

  • aceroinox Farmington, UT
    April 3, 2013 7:55 a.m.

    I'm afraid I agree with Brahmabull--a true mountain man would be ashamed to not be able to survive off the land. Anything else he needed he would trade for, not steal and destroy property. This guy is a mountain man wannabe, not the real deal!

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    April 3, 2013 7:49 a.m.

    Midwest mom.
    Freedom was gained with guns. Please make plans to move to Canada ASAP.

  • snowyphile Jemez Springs, NM
    April 3, 2013 6:18 a.m.

    If he were a monster, he would have killed the two he encountered.

  • Bill Shakespeare Salt Lake City, UT
    April 3, 2013 4:22 a.m.

    Finally, we've found a true, pure conservative republican. This guy has never sold out and cut deals with democrats. I'm so tired of the RINOZZ!

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    April 3, 2013 1:00 a.m.

    Guns and freedom. This man could be a poster child for the NRA.

  • InspectorC Wasatch Front, UT
    April 3, 2013 12:15 a.m.

    SIGH.... Think of the millions of taxpayers' dollars spent/to-be-spent to track down, capture, provide a fair trial for, incarcerate (presuming he's found guilty 8-) and attempt to rehabilitate this ONE stinkin' guy!!

    I'm afraid "The Mountain Burglar" (I refuse to call him a "Man") is in for one gigantic case of "cabin" fever now!!! ;^)

  • pacificblue55 SANDY, UT
    April 2, 2013 10:32 p.m.

    all he needed to survive and pillage for six years is a working gun.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    April 2, 2013 9:49 p.m.

    I love these types of stories. Interesting.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    April 2, 2013 9:42 p.m.

    I hope he gets a long sentence of solitary confinement. He's a scary dude!

  • fireonthemtn Reno, NV
    April 2, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    Claude Dallas, Troy James Knapp, George Hayduke. Some folks admire 'em while others despise them. I'm glad that nobody was seriously injured or killed in the end game. Bramabull stated, "I call him reckless and irrespionsible(sp)", yet it took authorities seven years to capture Knapp!

  • football43 Morgan, UT
    April 2, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    Let's be reasonable said, "he is not going to stop". I beg to differ. The felonies he will be charged with will keep him pretty busy for the several years. I don't think there is a judge in the land that will allow him to get bailed out. Glad they caught the guy.

  • parkite1970 PARK CITY, UT
    April 2, 2013 4:21 p.m.

    Hayduke lives, all right--but he's going to the cooler for a stretch...

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    April 2, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    there is nothing to admire in this crook!.....he is just another homeless bum who was brazen enough to break into cabins, steal and move on to the next victim.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    April 2, 2013 2:58 p.m.

    Lucky no one was killed, it could have resulted in that sooner or later.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    April 2, 2013 2:26 p.m.

    Wild?? You call him wild, I call him reckless and irrespionsible. If he were in the woods actually living off of the land, I could understand that. Be he was too weak to survive on his own so he leached off of the cabin owners. That is not wild, that is criminal. And not only did he steal, he vandalized the very property he stole from. Nothing to be proud about there. Hope he does hard time for the firearms and other items he stole.

  • Let's be reasonable Baghdad, 00
    April 2, 2013 1:33 p.m.

    There is a part of me that says we, as a human race, need a small part of us to be wild. I know. He broke the law, he is not going to stop, the victims did not ask for it, but Talk About a Different Drummer!!!!!

  • raybies Layton, UT
    April 2, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    Glad they finally caught the guy.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    April 2, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    It sure would be interesting to know the why's, of this whole story.