Police officer allegedly assaulted at Utah school, 3 teens arrested

Posted at 3:26 PM, Mar 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-26 18:32:34-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Two juveniles and an 18-year-old man were arrested after a police officer was allegedly assaulted at a Utah school.

An officer stopped some teens for suspected trespassing at Horizonte High School in Salt Lake City, 1234 South Main Street, at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and police officials said the teens left but returned a short time later.

Det. Cody Lougy of the Salt Lake City Police Department said the group of teens became combative.

“And this officer had to call for additional units,” Lougy said. “Not only is the individual fighting with him, his friends are actually assisting in the altercation as well, and so we dispatched eight additional officers to that school. And we had to deploy a Taser as well to gain control of these individuals. One officer was punched in the head.”

Information from police officials states Tasers were used on two suspects.

Latu Latu, 18, was arrested along with two 17-year-old juveniles. Lougy said the adult was not allowed to be there, and he said the juveniles were arrested for their involvement in the altercation. Latu had just turned 18 this week. He faces charges that include inciting a riot and resisting arrest.

Lougy said the school operates in the evenings, including night classes for adults. Lougy said Latu had been warned in the past about being at the school without legitimate reason.