Passerby comes to aid of police officer during attack

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SPRINGVILLE, Utah (News4Utah) – A Springville police officer is recovering after he was attacked by a man Friday afternoon.

Paul Douglas Anderson, of Spanish Fork, is accused of assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, theft, burglary and failure to stop at the command of a police officer.

Police say an officer was patrolling near 700 South Main St. Friday afternoon when he noticed a man, later identified as Anderson, inside a donation box belonging to a local food pantry. 

The officer approached Anderson and asked him to get out of the box. Police say as the officer spoke with Anderson, he put his hands in his pockets although he was repeatedly asked not to do so.

Police say Anderson eventually became combative and punched the officer in the face repeatedly.

A citizen passing through in his car saw the attack and turned around to help the officer. Police say the citizen, who has a concealed firearm permit, pulled out his gun and ordered Anderson to stop. That’s when Anderson took off. 

Officers from other agencies responded to search for him. A nearby elementary school was placed on lockdown during the search.

About 30 minutes later, Anderson was spotted hiding under a flatbed trailer across the street from where the attack happened.

When officers approached him, he was taken into custody without further incident. Anderson was booked into the Utah County Jail on multiple charges. 

The police officer was taken to the hospital for treatment of a fractured orbital eye socket and cuts to his face.

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