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Teen attacks Brighton High School officer, attempts to take gun

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Posted at 1:17 PM, Aug 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-19 17:38:08-04

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah — A teenage attempted to take the gun of a Brighton High School school resource officer Thursday before the parents used a stun gun to subdue the boy, police say.

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Cottonwood Heights police say the incident occurred at the new school that opened earlier this week. The boy was not a student at the time of the incident.

The teen was allegedly meeting with a school counselor when the resource officer received a call about a disturbance. Upon arriving at the counselor's office, the officer was attacked by the boy who bit and tried to strangle the woman.

During the altercation, the teen reached for the officer's gun as he was being restrained. The officer told the boy's parents to use her stun gun to subdue their child.

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Officials say the teen, who was taken into custody, has an extensive history with police.

Both the boy and officer were taken to the hospital, although the officer has since been released.