Utah man sentenced to prison for firing BB gun at officer

UTAH COUNTY, Utah (News4Utah) – A 19-year-old Utah man was sentenced after pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer.

Anton Oliver Preto Bay was charged with assaulting a peace officer and giving false personal information to an officer. He received a term of 1-15 years.

The charges stemmed from an incident in September 2017. Officers approached a suspicious vehicle in Orem, in which Bay was a passenger.

He provided a false name and false date of birth. When confronted about the false information, Bay quickly exited the vehicle, pointed a gun at one of the officers, and fired three times.

Utah County Attorney says a second officer drew his weapon and would have shot Bay except for concern for the person seated behind Bay in the vehicle. The officer nearest to Bay then grabbed the weapon from Bay and realized it was a BB gun.

Bay tried to run from officers and once apprehended, refused to cooperate, telling the officers he was going to kill them.

At the time of this incident, Bay had a warrant for his arrest from a previous incident that happened in March. On March 12, 2017,  investigators say Bay was driving a stolen vehicle and when police officers tried to stop him, he took off. Officers pursued with lights and siren, but Bay did not stop until he lost control of the vehicle and hit a light pole in Springville.

Bay was charged for car theft and evading a police officer. At the time of the incident on September 29, 2017, Bay had an active warrant for his failure to report and comply with probation on these charges.

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