A Utah State Prison parolee who was shot in the buttock last week by a parole agent has been charged with assaulting two parole agents.
Cornell Dion Mitchell, 25, is charged with two counts of assault on a peace officer, a Class A misdemeanor, in a complaint filed Tuesday in 3rd Circuit Court.Mitchell is accused of attacking Adult Probation and Parole officers Robert Poulton and Jeff Sundquist.
According to the complaint, Poulton, Sundquist and a third agent were attempting to locate a suspected parole violater near 1530 S. State about 11:20 p.m. on July 31 when they were approached by Mitchell, who attacked Sundquist. Mitchell then ran, pursued by Sundquist, whom Mitchell struck. Twelve stitches were required to close a laceration over Sundquist's eye, police said. Mitchell also struck Poulton several times, according to the complaint.
As Mitchell fled, Poulton fired at him with a 9mm automatic handgun, striking the suspect in the right buttock. The bullet entered Mitchell's intestine. He was treated at LDS Hospital and later released to the Salt Lake County Jail.
Poulton has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of a Corrections Department shooting review board and a criminal investigation by the Salt Lake Police Department and Salt Lake County attorney's office.