More details released after family members allegedly turn on police in Taylorsville

Deng Mawut Buk (left) and Buk Mawut Buk (right). Photos Courtesy: Salt Lake County

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah, May 28, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — More details have been released after a domestic violence call late Monday night turned into a fracas, with several members of a Taylorsville family allegedly turning on arriving officers.

A probable cause statement issued Tuesday morning by the Third District Court of Salt Lake County said Deng Mawut Buk, 19, is facing charges of assault on a peace officer, a class A misdemeanor, and assault, a class B misdemeanor. Deng Mawut Buk was transported to Salt Lake County Jail with his bail set at $3,020.

His brother, Buk Mawut Buk, 22, is facing two charges of assault on a peace officer, a class A misdemeanor. He was transported to Salt Lake County Jail with his bail set at $10,000.

The probable cause statement said the call reporting the domestic violence situation was received just after 11 p.m.

When officers made contact at the residence, on S. Whitewood Drive, they were confronted by family members.

“Upon officer arrival, the defendant (Deng Mawut Buk) was sitting in the front yard while the victim was inside the residence,” the statement said. “Officers were attempting to interview the defendant regarding his involvement in the dispute, and it was learned that he struck the victim, who is his younger (juvenile) brother in a dispute over cellphones and earphones.”

During the interview, the defendant became angry and tried to walk away from officers, the statement said.

“Officers attempted to stop him, and he attempted to punch the interviewing officer,” the statement said. “The defendant was subsequently Tased after squaring up to officers and balling his fists with clear intentions to fight. The first Tasing was effective and the defendant fell to the ground.”

Officers attempted to detain the defendant, and he attempted to get up and continue fighting officers, the statement said.

“The defendant was Tased once more and he fell to the ground in the grass,” the statement went on. “Officers once again attempted to gain control of the defendant’s hands, as he had pinned them underneath his body. A drive stun was utilized on the defendant’s upper back to gain compliance, and it was successful. The defendant refused to speak with officers regarding the domestic incident.”

Buk Mawut Buk became involved when Deng Mawut Buk was Tased, the statement said.

The probable cause statement for Buk Mawut Buk said: “The defendant (Buk Mawut Buk) exited the residence and accused officers of shooting his brother. The defendant (Buk Mawut Buk) rushed towards officers who were fighting with the suspect (Deng Mawut Buk).”

Buk Mawut Buk struck two police officers in the face with closed fists and was subsequently also Tased. Buk Mawut Buk was still combative with officers and was sprayed with OC, or pepper spray.

Buk Mawut Buk was successfully taken into custody for assaulting two police officers.

In addition to Buk Mawut Buk and Deng Mawut Buk, two minors who are members of the same family were taken to juvenile detention.


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