Utah man charged with assaulting cops at scene where brother killed in shootout with police

Posted at 2:29 PM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 16:29:37-05

HOLLADAY, Utah — Formal charges have been filed against a man who allegedly drove to the scene where his brother was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police and began yelling at officers before assaulting two of them during his arrest.

Jaiden Lynn Snyder, 18 of Salt Lake City, was arrested Sunday, several hours after Cory Lee Henderson allegedly shot and killed Officer Douglas Barney and later wounded officer Jon Richey during a shootout where the suspect suffered fatal wounds.

Friday, five misdemeanor charges were formally filed against Snyder. He faces two counts of assault against a peace officer as a class A misdemeanor and one count each of threat of violence as a class B, interference with an arresting officer as a class B, and disorderly conduct as a class C.

According to charging documents, while police were still at the scene of the shooting, officers observed a car driving recklessly toward the area. Snyder allegedly got out of that vehicle and started yelling at police.

A detective grabbed the man’s wrist to control him, and according to the statement of probable cause Snyder, “immediately pulled away and started swinging his arms at [officers] who were attempting to subdue him.”

During the ensuing struggle, Snyder allegedly punched a police officer in the face. A detective deployed a Taser, which subdued Snyder enough that officers were able to gain control of him enough to move him.

As police walked Snyder to a patrol car, he allegedly head-butted another detective and continued to struggle and make threats against officers.

On the day of the arrest, police stated Snyder had arrived in the vehicle with a woman identifying herself as Henderson’s mother, and that woman was cited at the scene but not arrested after she allegedly was aggressive and uncooperative with police.