Man sentenced to jail for threatening suicide inside doctor’s office

Rex Porter, 59, arrested and charged, after he entered a doctor’s office and threatened to kill himself.

LOGAN — A 59-year-old Garden City man, Rex D. Porter will serve 90-days in jail after being arrested in July, threatening to kill himself inside a doctor’s office.

Porter appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. In August, he pleaded guilty to using a dangerous weapon in a fight and carrying a concealed loaded weapon, both class A misdemeanors.

On July 15, Porter went into the Southwest Spine and Pain Center attempting to refill a pain medication prescription. When the staff refused, he brandished a handgun and threatened to kill himself. SWAT teams and negotiators entered the office and talked him into surrendering. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital for treatment and later arrested.

During sentencing, defense attorney Bryan Galloway said Porter suffers from various physical ailments that led to his addiction. He told the court, Porter wanted everyone to know he didn’t intend the event in July to happen.

Two of the staff members from the center told the court how Porter brandished the gun in front of them, and placed it in his mouth when they refused to give him more prescription medication. Both said, they and others in their office had been traumatized by what happened.

Porter told the court he had been tormented by what he had done and was ashamed. He said he would never carry a concealed weapon again.

Judge Kevin Allen said Porter should be grateful for the way police used incredible restraint during a very dangerous situation. He told him, showing a gun to get something is never ever appropriate.

Porter was sentenced to pay a $750 fine in addition to his jail sentence, and complete mental health counseling.

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