Police: Stolen firearm, drugs found on man that fled from officer in Salt Lake City

Daniel Karl Orland Gustafson. Photo Courtesy: Salt Lake County Jail

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, June 11, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A stolen firearm and multiple different drugs were allegedly found on a man who tried to flee from a Salt Lake City police officer Monday morning.

A probable cause statement from the 3rd District Court of Salt Lake County said Daniel Karl Orland Gustafson, 31, is facing charges of theft of a firearm, a second-degree felony; possession of a controlled substance schedule I or II, a second-degree felony; purchase, transfer, possession or use of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony; failure to stop at the command of the law, a class A misdemeanor; and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor.

A news release from the Salt Lake City Police Department said the incident occurred in the area of 426 E. 700 South just after 9:30 a.m. Monday.

An officer was responding to a trespasser call near Park Place apartments.

“Upon contact with the three subjects, one subject made furtive movements and then ran from the officer,” the news release said. “The officer caught up with the subject a short distance away when the subject slipped, and the officer ended up on top of the subject.”

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The subject reached again for his pocket, the officer felt that pocket and realized the man was reaching for a gun, the news release said.

“The officer disengaged, creating space, drawing his own weapon and gave verbal commands to the subject which allowed time until more units arrived,” the statement said.

The subject, later identified as Gustafson, was then taken into custody without further incident.

He was found to be in possession of a stolen handgun, digital scale, packaging material, cash, and the following drugs: 49 grams of marijuana, 47 grams of meth, 17 grams of heroin and 11 tablets of Dextroamphetamine.

Gustafson was transported to the Salt Lake County Jail with his bail set at $20,000.

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