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SLC Police screening charges against bow and arrow-wielding man during downtown protest

Posted at 3:43 PM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 22:35:19-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A man who was filmed loading and aiming a hunting bow at protesters Saturday in downtown Salt Lake City may face criminal charges.

A video with more than 14 million views showed a man arguing with the person filming as he loaded an arrow into a bow, then pointed it at people in the area. He was quickly swarmed by a crowd who then overturned his car and set it on fire.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown made a statement Sunday, saying the man was pulled from the crowd by officers concerned for his safety. Later, police learned of the events leading up to the incident through video footage. At the most recent update, he had not been arrested but police said they knew who he was and were screening charges against him.

The man approached a FOX 13 crew on the sidewalk after the incident and told them he had come to the area with weapons to defend the police. He claimed he was initially attacked simply for shouting "all lives matter," then was attacked again after he grabbed a weapon.

Another video posted on Twitter appears to show the same man walking around wielding a large knife or machete.

SLC Police ask anyone who witnessed the incident or events leading up to it to file a report with the department to assist in the investigation.