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Sunset man allegedly assaults school bus driver, threatens to kill children

By Mark Shenefelt - | Sep 20, 2022

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SUNSET — A Sunset man is in jail after allegedly punching a school bus driver, threatening to kill him and the children on board, then fighting a police officer and threatening her with death as well.

A school bus was driving through a neighborhood early Friday morning when a man yelled at the driver to stop. The driver told police he kept driving and the shouting got louder, so he stopped. The driver told officers the man hit him through the driver’s window and grabbed him, trying to pull him out of the bus. The man told him to get out of the bus “so he could kill him.”

The driver fended off the attack and began to drive, with the alleged attacker saying he was “going to go get a gun to kill him and whoever was on the bus.”

The driver was a substitute who was driving slowly through the neighborhood trying to find the address of a disabled student. The bus was carrying three disabled students and an assistant. A Sunset Police Department probable cause statement said the driver was shaking and in tears and he told officers he feared for his life and the lives of the others on the bus.

Based on a description provided by the driver, police went to an address in the 1800 North block of 75 West where the incident occurred. An officer knocked on the door and a man yelled at her to get off his property, according to the arrest affidavit. The officer asked him if he had talked to a bus driver and he said he had. The man then allegedly told the officer, “I will smash your head with my sledgehammer.”

The officer said she heard crashing noises inside the house and then the man, identified as Barry Bambrough, 57, left the home through the back door. Bambrough, wearing a guitar and holding a long metal object, advanced on the officer, the affidavit said.

The officer said she handcuffed Bambrough, who allegedly resisted. On the way to the Davis County Jail in Farmington, Bambrough allegedly told the officer that “no bus should ever come through his property again — he will kill them all.”

Bambrough also was angry about being taken to jail and allegedly threatened to rape, kill and dismember the officer. “I am God,” he reportedly said.

Bambrough was ordered held without bail on suspicion of second-degree felony threat of terrorism and misdemeanor counts of assault against a school employee, assault against a police officer, interference with an arresting officer and disorderly conduct.

Formal charges in the bus incident had not been filed as of Tuesday morning. Efforts to contact the David School District for comment on the incident were not immediately successful.

The Davis County Attorney’s Office on Tuesday filed a third-degree felony aggravated assault charge against Bambrough stemming from a Sept. 13 incident. A police affidavit said Bambrough, carrying two saws and a sledgehammer, went to a neighbor family’s home and allegedly threatened to kill them. The document said Bambrough was taken to a mental health facility.


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