Man throws Molotov cocktail at Salt Lake City officers, ends up tased, behind bars

Jason Richard Garcia. Photo Courtesy: Salt Lake County

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, July 29, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A man who prompted a suspicious persons call to police ended up tased and behind bars after allegedly tossing a Molotov cocktail at Salt Lake City police officers.

According to the police watch log, the incident happened early Saturday night in the area of 1624 S. Park Street.

“Officers responded on a suspicious person call and observed an individual matching the description at the listed address,” the watch log said.

“When officers tried to make contact with the male, he threw a bag that contained an ignited Molotov cocktail at them, which did not explode.”

About the same time officers realized the suspect was also wielding a large knife, the watch log said.

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Despite the nature of the threat, police decided to deploy non-lethal force, using a Taser to bring the incident to a swift end.

According to watch log notes, “One officer provided cover as another used his Taser. The Taser had the desired effect and the suspect was then taken into custody.”

The suspect, Jason Richard Garcia, 43, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.

Garcia was also charged with damaging jail property after police say he attempted to kick the windows out of the patrol car that ferried him to the Salt Lake County Jail.

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