A Washington County man was arrested Wednesday and charged with attacking police officers during the deadly insurrection and riot at the U.S. Capitol in January while Congress was in the process of counting electoral votes. Landon Kenneth Copeland, 33, of Apple Valley, is charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees; obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder; knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on capitol grounds. He is the fifth Utahn charged with participating in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Copeland is accused of grabbing a riot shield, shoving another crowd member into the police line and throwing a “metal bike rack fence barricade” toward officers after a tug-of-war over the bike rack, according to Department of Justice and a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City. The complaint says Capitol Police footage, YouTube video and Instagram video “depict Copeland’s assaultive and obstructive conduct.” Copeland stood at the front of a crowd of people that appeared to be trying to breach the police line at the Capitol, the complaint states, when an unknown person approached an officer and began shouting.
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