LAYTON — Police here shot a man with bean-bag rounds after he threatened his girlfriend and advanced on officers, shouting, “shoot me.”
Jeremy Lindeman, 31, was booked into the Davis County Jail on suspicion of domestic violence criminal mischief, threat of violence and interference of an arresting officer, all class B misdemeanors, and intoxication, a class C misdemeanor, on July 8 when police received a call from a 28-year-old woman who said her boyfriend was at her apartment and was drinking, said Layton Police Lt. Shawn Horton.
The woman told police she saw Lindeman pour an alcoholic beverage on a bed and that he was holding another container he told her contained gasoline. He then allegedly threatened to blow up the apartment complex she lived in at 460 E. Elm Street, Horton said. The woman and her children left the apartment and called police on the way to the station.
Officers arrived at the apartment and established cell phone communication with Lindeman, who initially refused to come out of the apartment.
Because officers had been told Lindeman was handling gasoline, they were ordered not to Taser him. Gasoline is extremely flammable, and remains so for quite a while after hitting a surface, Horton said. Officers were afraid a spark from the Taser could start a fire.
Lindeman came out of the back door allegedly holding a machete and a kitchen knife, which he dropped shortly after exiting the apartment. However, he allegedly continued to advance on officers shouting “shoot me,” Horton said.
Officers deployed the bean-bag rounds, which still did not stop Lindeman from advancing, Horton said. The bean bags are made of small BB-type metal pellets that are placed in a sock and are deployed by a shotgun, much like a regular shotgun shell.
Lindeman was tackled by an officer and taken into custody. He suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment before being booked, Horton said.