Utah Man Impersonating Police Officer Detained With His Own Handcuffs By Would-Be Victim, Police Say

| by Jared Keever

A Utah man accused of attempting to burglarize a home while impersonating a police officer, was wrestled to the ground by one of his would-be victims and detained with his own handcuffs, police said on Aug. 11. 

Police documents obtained by KSL News say 42-year-old Reed Grover went to the back door of a Salt Lake City home around 6 a.m. on Aug. 10, held a badge to the window, and said, “Police!”

Grover was not wearing a police uniform but did have a pair of handcuffs, Salt Lake City Police Detective Greg Wilking told KSL.

The detective said the occupants of the home suspected Grover was not a real police officer and a male occupant confronted him. A scuffle ensued and the man was able to get hold of Grover’s handcuffs and place them on him. 

When police arrived at the scene they found Grover handcuffed in the driveway of the home. 

Wilking told KSL there was no clear motive. 

“He wasn't making much sense, what he was saying to (the homeowners),” the detective said.

Grover was taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the fight with the homeowner. His arrest photo shows him with a swollen eye and several bruises and scrapes on his head. 

A toy police badge was reportedly found at the scene. 

Grover was booked on charges of impersonating an officer, assault, burglary of a dwelling, and violation of parole or probation, KSTU reports. 

He remains in custody, held on $51,750 bail, according to the Salt Lake County Jail website. 

Court records show Grover has an extensive criminal history with convictions for aggravated assault, attempted forgery, and drug related crimes. He was once referred to mental health court, according to court documents obtained by KSL.

Sources: KSL News, KSTU News, Salt Lake County Jail / Photo credit: Police photo via KSL News