Sheriff’s deputy deploys bean bag gun on armed man

A Cache County Sheriff’s deputy deployed a bean bag gun late Wednesday night on an uncooperative Preston man. Lt. Chad Jensen says 28-year old Dustin Wheeler was pulled over for a traffic violation in Hyrum. When the deputy approached the car he found Wheeler sitting in the driver’s seat with a handgun pointed to his head. The deputy backed away from the vehicle and attempted to verbally contact the driver. The driver was unresponsive to the deputy for a short time, and when he finally got out of the vehicle, he still had the gun pointed to his head and started walking around on Hwy 101. Another deputy, who is a SWAT team member, arrived as back up and positioned himself to use a less lethal bean bag round on the driver if needed. When it was apparent Wheeler was not going to comply with verbal commands, the SWAT deputy deployed the bean bag round, hitting him in the lower left abdomen. Wheeler dropped the handgun and complied with the commands he was given. He was transported to Logan Regional Hospital for evaluation and later transported to the Cache County Jail. He was charged with DUI and weapons offenses, among other charges.

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