FARMINGTON — A Layton man who was shot by a police officer in August pleaded guilty last week to attempted aggravated murder for beating the officer before the shots were fired.
Joshua Robert Isakson, 31, entered guilty pleas to first degree felony aggravated murder and two class A misdemeanor counts of assault.
He will be sentenced on May 23.
According to court documents, Isakson assaulted a woman who was living with him on Aug. 28. He then assaulted the woman’s friend. During the assault, he said he would kill any police officer who responded to the call.
When a Layton officer entered the home, Isakson assaulted him in the hallway and living room area, the court documents said. The officer fired his weapon three times, striking Isakson before the officer lost consciousness. He was subdued by two other police officers and taken to McKay Dee Hospital for his wounds.
In court, Isakson admitted that while assaulting the officer, Isakson repeatedly said he would kill the officer.
The officer needed surgeries following the attack.
Isakson faces a possible prison term of up to life.