TOOELE — A man who allegedly pointed a gun at a police officer, prompting the officer to shoot at him, was charged Friday with attempted murder.
Christopher Michael Ono, 28, of Tooele, was charged in 3rd District Court with the first-degree felony. In addition, he was charged with theft by receiving stolen property, a second-degree felony; possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, a second-degree felony; drug possession, a class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor.
On Oct. 9, Tooele police went to Mountain West Hospital where a woman was being treated for an assault.
"Her nose was still bleeding the entire time I was speaking with her. Her right eye socket was swollen and she stated she had a hard time seeing out of it when she was driving away from the scene of the incident," the officer wrote in his report.
The woman said she was assaulted by her boyfriend, Ono, according to charging documents. In October, Ono was charged with aggravated assault resulting in serious injury, a second-degree felony.
Police left the hospital and went to Ono's Tooele home to arrest him. As Tooele officer Casey Bronson went to the side of Ono's mobile home, he "shined his flashlight on the rear window and clearly saw Christopher Ono’s face. At that time officer Bronson saw a handgun in Christopher Ono’s hand and the handgun was pointed at him," the charges state.Comment on this story
The officer yelled "show me your hands" and he backed up, according to court documents. He then "fired several shots toward Christopher Ono," the charges state.
Ono was not hit and did not fire a shot.
But as police further investigated the incident, they recovered Ono's gun and discovered "the firearm had been loaded with incorrect ammunition and appeared to have jammed when a discharge was attempted," according to charging documents.
Ono's next court hearing in his aggravated assault case was scheduled for Tuesday.