Craig Robertson had previous encounters with the Utah police before last week’s deadly incident. The Provo, Utah man was shot and killed last week by FBI agents while attempting to arrest him. He had made numerous threats against President Biden and had confronted the Provo police with an AR-15 in 2018. The Salt Lake Tribune obtained police records from August 20, 2018, regarding Craig Robertson’s past violent behavior.
On August 20, 2023, Robertson’s neighbors needed an internet connection service. The employees for the service knocked on Robertson’s door and he did not answer. So, they when to his backyard to search for him.
“Robertson soon exited his backdoor, allegedly waving a handgun, and yelled for the workers to get off his property, according to the report. One of the workers later told Provo police that Robertson pointed the gun at them as he brandished it,” as documented by the Salt Lake Tribune. This incident preceded the call by the Google Fiber employees to the police. When Provo police arrived at Robertson’s door, the officer rang the doorbell. Robertson was holding an AR-15 rifle, “which triggered a bit of a standoff,” the Tribune reported, citing the police report.
In time, Robertson conceded. “Robertson said that ‘while he had his firearm in view he was holding it against his body, muzzle down in a ready position,’ the report states, ‘and did not wave it around or threaten the males with it,’” according to police records.
Police records noted an officer said it was his “belief that no actual crime had occurred and that (Robertson) had been exercising his 2nd Amendment rights, albeit a little recklessly.”“Provo police contacted the Utah County attorney’s office for another opinion, and prosecutors agreed with the officer, the report states.” CNN is given credit for this reporting of current information.