Police Injured In Separate Friday The 13th Incidents


Payson police officers were assaulted in two different domestic violence calls last week. Both incidents occurred Friday, Dec. 13.

The first incident was at about 7 p.m. in the 300 block of South Goodnow. Richard C. Johnson, 47, was charged with aggravated assault, using a deadly weapon/domestic violence; aggravated assault on a police officer; resisting arrest; criminal damage; disorderly conduct/domestic violence; and threatening and intimidating.

Officers Steve D’Addabbo and Les Barr were injured in the incident, however both are back on duty.

The officers were in the area on another call, and when the report was issued, they took the Goodnow call. When they arrived at the residence, they could see inside and witnessed Johnson with a knife, chasing his roommate into the bathroom. Johnson threatened the victim and kicked the bathroom door in.

The officers were able to get his attention and he came to the door, discarding the knife as he crossed the room. The officers physically had to take Johnson into custody, suffering injuries in the process. The victim was not injured, according to Lt. Don Engler, however, alcohol was involved.

The second incident was at about 10:45 p.m. in the 700 block of North Easy Street. Christopher Pierce, 26, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer; resisting arrest; disorderly conduct; and felony criminal damage/domestic violence.

The reporting party said Pierce was intoxicated and was causing problems at the residence. When police arrived, he used profanity and became antagonistic to the people in residence. Pierce also attempted to assault an individual at the home. As he was placed under arrest, he went to his knees, then to the floor and kicked Sgt. Don Kasl and attempted to wrap his legs around the officer.

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