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A Family Party Turns Violent And Sends One Man To The Hospital

Posted by Travis Uresk | Dec. 29th, 2022 | Assault |

By Travis Uresk


Jensen, Ut.- On December 25th, 2022, at 8:15 pm, Deputy Moroni Embleton responded to a report of an assault. Deputy Embleton was informed by dispatch that a victim had reported an assault that had occurred in Uintah County but was currently at the Ashley Regional Medical Center receiving treatment.

Deputy Embleton arrived at ARMC and spoke with the victim. The victim reported that while attending a family party, he and his stepfather, 43-year-old Shawn Richard Dansie, had gotten into an altercation in the residence's garage.

The victim said at first, he and Shawn had just been verbally arguing, and he had eventually pushed Shawn back, after which Shawn attacked him, punching him multiple times, causing him to fall to the ground, where Shawn pinned him down and continued to hit him.

The victim said Shawn kept hitting him in the face until a witness of the altercation came outside and pulled Shawn off of the victim. The victim stated after Shawn was pulled off of him, Shawn quickly became angry once again and pulled away from the witness and reengaged with the victim, again pinning the victim to the ground and started hitting him in the face and head.

The victim said Shawn was eventually pulled off of him again by the witness, and this time the victim was able to leave, getting a ride from the witness to ARMC. The witness was also present at ARMC, and after Deputy Embleton spoke with the victim, the witness confirmed that he had heard people screaming. Someone said the victim and Shawn were fighting, so he went to the garage and found Shawn pinning the victim to the ground and hitting him in the face and head.

The witness stated he pulled Shawn off the victim twice before he could get the victim out of there and headed towards the hospital.

Photos were taken of the victim's injuries, which included an entirely closed-off right eye due to swelling, an open cut above the left eye, blood coming from the victim's nose, ears, and mouth, along with additional swelling and discoloration on the victim's left eye.

The full extent of the victim's injuries could not be determined at this time.

Deputy Embleton also spoke with the victim's wife on the phone, who witnessed the entire altercation, and she confirmed that the victim and Shawn had been arguing. It had become physical after the victim had shoved Shawn.

The victim's wife said Shawn had pinned the victim to the ground and had continued to punch the victim in the face until the witness was able to pull Shawn off of the victim and had to do so twice.

Deputy Embleton eventually found Shawn at the residence in Jensen, Ut. Shawn initially declined to speak with me, stating he wished to have his attorney to be present for questioning.

Shawn was not asked any additional questions and was taken into custody.

After getting a medical clearance, Shawn was booked into the Uintah County Jail for simple assault, a class B misdemeanor.

While booking Shawn in, Shawn said he wished to tell the Deputy his side of the altercation and stated the whole thing started because the victim had pushed him.

Shawn was advised that even though the victim had initially shoved him, he was found to be the primary aggressor due to the extent of the victim's injuries and the fact that Shawn had the opportunity to disengage but instead, according to witnesses, reengaged and continued to hit the victim in the face and head.

It was later learned during a follow-up that the victim had sustained injuries, including fractures to his right orbit and nasal bone, displacements between 2mm and 4mm. Due to this additional information, Shawn's charges were changed to assault with substantial injury.


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