Police: Man breaks into officer’s home, makes death threats, assaults police

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HURRICANE, Utah – Breaking into someone’s home is never a good idea. Breaking into an off-duty police officer’s home while they are home is an even worse idea.

Yet that is what landed 43-year-old Nathan Gardiner behind bars in Purgatory, Utah.

Hurricane Police said they were called to a house near 400 N. and 2500 W. Wednesday afternoon where a suspect allegedly broke into the home.

The officer who lives there just happened to be home sleeping at the time.

Authorities said the noise woke the officer, she grabbed her gun and confronted the suspect, Gardiner, in the kitchen.

When other officers arrived to help they saw Gardiner trying to get away and stopped him.

Officers said Gardiner didn’t follow their commands but they were able to arrest him.

Authorities said Gardiner had some kind of medical emergency on the way to the jail, started assaulting the officers and making death threats.

Gardiner went to the hospital to be checked and then was booked into the Purgatory jail.

Officers said they believe alcohol and/or drugs were involved.

When police searched Gardiner’s home they found meth, drug paraphernalia, a gun and ammunition.

Gardiner is now facing a number of charges:

  • Burglary-Dwelling
  • Possession of Firearm by a Restricted Person
  • 3 Counts of Assault by a Prisoner
  • 2 Counts of Failure to Stop at a Police Officers Command
  • Drug Possession
  • Possession of Paraphernalia
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Interfering with an Arrest
  • 2 Counts of Threats of Violence
  • DUI
  • Intoxication
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Warrant


    • Not a victim

      Whoopie – sorry I “reported” your comment….but I would really like to know why this POS did not die of lead poisoning. I understand that there was probably a size and strenght advantage on his part but if that was me I would tie him up in my basement and cut him open with a butter knife! He really should be dead now!

      • bob

        Cops are trained to take people into custody if they can. Civilians are not. If someone breaks into your home SHOOT THEM! Don’t try to play “cop.” You’ll end up dead.

  • Bob

    Others not me.I dont like meth—Mostly—Well maybe a little–Sometimes after a good beer!.
    But I dont break into homes over it.

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