MILLCREEK — A Unified police officer suffered minor injuries Thursday when he was attacked by a man he was trying to arrest for vandalism.
An officer was called just after noon to Murray Smokeshop, 909 E. 4200 South, on a report of a man trying to break out one of the business' front pane windows by propelling his body into it, said Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke.
The officer confronted a 28-year-old man in the parking lot. But the man refused to obey the officer's commands and started advancing on him, Lohrke said. The officer deployed his Taser but it had no effect on the man, possibly because of heavy clothing.
At that point, the officer and the man got into a physical altercation and the officer hit the back of his head as he fell to the ground, Lohrke said. The man got on top of the officer and allegedly started punching him, prompting employees of the smokeshop to come out and help. The employees pulled the man off of the officer just as backup officers arrived, he said.1 comment on this story
The officer was taken to a local hospital to be treated for a lump and laceration on the back of his head and was released a short time later, according to Lohrke.
Ousseynou Niang, of Salt Lake City, was arrested for investigation of aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.
Niang has a lengthy criminal history of mostly misdemeanor offenses including disorderly conduct, trespassing and assault, according to court records. In 2016, he was convicted on an amended charge of attempted assault after he got into a fight with his jail cellmate who complained Niang was reading his Koran too loud.