MOAB, Utah — Officers used less-lethal force to subdue and subsequently take a knife-wielding man into custody without the loss of life last Friday — refuting social media claims of an officer-involved shooting.
Just after 5 p.m., on Friday, June 19, 2020, the Grand County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a domestic violence-related call at a residence near Holyoak Lane.
Sheriff's office deputies, along with Moab Police Department officers, responded to the residence and spoke to the reporting party which informed police the involved individual had left the residence on foot and was possibly armed with a knife.
That individual was observed running on San Miguel and, upon officers' arrival, had a knife in hand, according to the sheriff's office.
Police gave the man numerous commands to drop the knife but he refused and took steps towards the officers while placing the knife to his own throat.
"Less-lethal options were equipped and utilized, which provided the officers a short window of time that they capitalized on," read a statement from the Grand County Sheriff's Office. "The officers immediate action let them secure the individual and the knife."
The man was evaluated by EMS, transported to a hospital for further evaluation, and later transported to the Grand County Jail.
Following the incident, the Grand County Sheriff's Office stated they received word of social media posts indicating the incident was an officer-involved shooting — which the department refuted.
"We want to clarify that it was not a shooting, and any claims that there were are false," stated the department.
"We are proud of the deputies and officers that responded to this call and how they handled it," continued the statement from the department, in part. "These officers knew that they were responding to an armed person, and they responded without hesitation. They were also able to use their tools and training to resolve the matter without loss of life."