Deputy Chris Duncan was on patrol in the vicinity of Layton when he saw a man aggressively trying to stop traffic. When cars failed to stop, he put his thumb out as if to hitchhike, which is illegal.
Deputy Duncan stopped and told him he could not hitchhike. He asked the man for identification, which showed him to be Robert Allen Christiansen. Deputy Duncan asked the man if he had any weapons. Christiansen said he had a pocket knife. Deputy Duncan told the man to keep his hands where he can see them as he ran a check on his name. Christiansen kept moving his hands around, however and appeared to be reaching for something. Deputy Duncan asked him if he’d been arrested before and Christiansen said he’d been arrested for armed robbery. Because Christiansen continued moving his hands around, Deputy Duncan handcuffed him for officer safety as he continued his investigation. At that point, he caught a glimpse of a black handle that appeared to be a handgun sticking out of his waistband.
As Deputy Duncan was attempting to control Christiansen, remove the handgun safely and check him for further weapons, Christiansen continued trying to reach for the weapon in his waistband. He struggled with the deputy roadside, refusing to comply with orders to stop resisting. Backup officers were en route, but were a distance away. A good Samaritan stopped to assist Duncan and helped him to subdue Christiansen. The gun was removed and placed safely away from Christiansen. It turned out to be a loaded 9mm HK semiautomatic handgun.
Christiansen was arrested. A computer check revealed he had several felony convictions so he was charged with carrying a concealed firearm, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and resisting arrest.