UHP troopers stun Layton man who drove truck up Capitol steps

Oct 23 2013 - 9:52am

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The pickup truck driven up several flights of steps to the west entrance of the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City Tuesday Oct. 22, 2013, sits behind crime scene tape. Utah state troopers used a stun gun to arrest the man who drove the pickup truck. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Francisco Kjolseth)
People gather at the base of the steps leading to the west entrance to the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City Tuesday Oct. 22, 2013, after a man drove a pickup truck up the steps to the entrance. Utah state troopers used a stun gun to arrest the man who drove the pickup truck. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Francisco Kjolseth)
A truck sits behind crime scene tape after being driven up several flights of stairs to the west entrance of the Utah State Capitol on Tuesday Oct. 22, 2013. Utah state troopers used a stun gun to arrest the man who drove the truck. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Francisco Kjolseth)
The pickup truck driven up several flights of steps to the west entrance of the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City Tuesday Oct. 22, 2013, sits behind crime scene tape. Utah state troopers used a stun gun to arrest the man who drove the pickup truck. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Francisco Kjolseth)
People gather at the base of the steps leading to the west entrance to the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City Tuesday Oct. 22, 2013, after a man drove a pickup truck up the steps to the entrance. Utah state troopers used a stun gun to arrest the man who drove the pickup truck. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Francisco Kjolseth)
A truck sits behind crime scene tape after being driven up several flights of stairs to the west entrance of the Utah State Capitol on Tuesday Oct. 22, 2013. Utah state troopers used a stun gun to arrest the man who drove the truck. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Francisco Kjolseth)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Troopers used a stun gun to subdue a Layton man who drove his pickup truck up the west steps of the state Capitol building Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

A Utah Highway Patrol press release said state troopers watching security cameras saw the man's truck climb about two dozen of the granite steps and park outside the building.

UHP identified the man as 36-year-old Gerald Weston Green from Layton.

According to a release from UHP, the driver walked inside the Capitol building and across the Hall of Governors on the first floor of the Capitol to the east side. The man then walked up from the east side to the rotunda on the second floor, where he stopped and looked into the Gold Room. He walked up to the doors of the Supreme Court on the third floor and began hitting the doors to the locked Supreme Court. He was then approached by a UHP trooper and lieutenant. 

The man said he had the right to be there and said the Capitol was his home, Blair said. 

Officers used a Taser, but the probes failed to stick to the suspect, according to a UHP press release. The man began to fight and swung a fist at the officers. The UHP lieutenant delivered a closed-handed blow to the face of the suspect to stun him and gain compliance, according to the release.

The man's name was not released, but Blair said he was in his 30s and from Layton.

The man was taken to LDS Hospital for injuries to the mouth and for mental evaluation, according to the release. The lieutenant was treated for a hand injury on the scene.

UHP spokesman Cpl. Todd Johnson told The Associated Press he had few details Tuesday evening, including details about the man's identity.

Tyler Davis, who works for a law firm and was at the Capitol for business Tuesday, said he watched the event unfold from the second floor, which offers a view of the Supreme Court doors.

Davis said he heard the man yelling, "Let me in the Supreme Court!" as two officers tried to calm him down.

"He wanted to get in there," Davis told the AP. "He said, 'Grab the keys, let me in!'"

Davis said he saw officers then use a stun gun on the man.

The man was quiet afterward, and emergency workers wheeled him away on a stretcher, Davis said.

"It was really quick and really out of the blue," he said.

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