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Salt Lake Officer Suffers Traumatic Brain Injury From Attack By Rioter

Salt Lake City, UT – A rioter accused of beating a Salt Lake City police officer in the head with a piece of a car door and leaving him with a traumatic brain injury has been arrested in connection with the brutal attack.

The assault occurred in the area of 400 South and 200 East on May 30, as rioters looted and vandalized businesses, overturned vehicles, and attacked law enforcement officers, KTVX reported.

The violent mob even converged on an officer’s occupied patrol car at one point during the night, then flipped it onto its roof and set it ablaze, KTVX reported.

The officer was able to escape from the vehicle before it was overturned.

Meanwhile, rioters also overturned the vehicle of a citizen after the drive allegedly pointed a bow and arrow at them, the Deseret News reported.

One of the suspects grabbed a piece of broken door from the flipped vehicle before it was also set ablaze, according to police.

He then allegedly threw the broken metal at a Salt Lake police officer, hitting him in the head, according to the Deseret News.

“The officer that was struck with this item had to be transported to the hospital and is still recovering from a traumatic brain injury as of this writing,” court documents read.

Over three months after the assault, officer is still recovering and has not been able to return to full duty.

Police later identified the alleged attacker as 19-year-old Jakob Carter Nacey, the Deseret News reported.

Nacey was arrested on Sept. 16 on charges of rioting and assault on a police officer.

He was transported to the Salt Lake County Jail, where his bail was set at $55,010, Gephardt Daily reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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