First, here’s the official version of the story via ksl.com: “A woman was arrested Wednesday after hitting a vehicle with a tire iron and attempting to rob two men, police said. The incident occurred around 9:45 a.m. at Yankee Meadows Reservoir, according to the Iron County Sheriff’s Department. Siobahn Denise Hall, 29, [above] followed two men driving off I-15 who were headed toward Yankee Reservoir, police said. The men were St. George residents who were driving to Yankee Meadows Reservoir to fish. Hall blocked the exit road with her car and then got out of the vehicle. She began hitting the victims’ car with a tire iron and demanding money, police said. The two victims exited their vehicle and were able to subdue Hall. A passerby saw the incident and drove to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office to alert police.” Now here’s the victim’s version . . .
She followed us to within 200 feet of Yankee meadows reservoir and then blocked the road in a very narrow, steep, muddy section of road. We couldn’t back up because we were pulling a boat, She sprayed me in the face with tire cleaner and then tried some other things before she took the tire iron out of her trunk and started striking my door repeated times. My friend had to get out of the car to draw her away from my door so I could get out of the vehicle. That is when she stuck at my friend with the tire iron but he was able to catch it with his hands and not get hit.
In the process of wrestling her down to the ground with the tire iron he did get scraped up enough to get blood on his clothes. I have a permit and almost always carry a 9mm but didn’t have it with me this time. We are just glad that we could take care of the situation without hurting her and hope that she gets the help she needs. There is a lot more to this story but the above are the basics.
Here’s a response in the comments section by tarm808, who claims to be the perp’s friend . . .
As someone who knows her, thank you for not carrying that day. I know it sounds weird, I have a CCW of my own and would have been carrying myself. But I’m so glad you weren’t. This is so out of character for her and we’re all just so confused as to why it happened. This is not like her one bit. I didn’t believe it was actually her until I read your comments and you confirmed it. Take the nicest, sweetest, most caring woman you know, now imagine her doing this. That’s how we all are feeling right now. I’m hating reading the comments from people attacking her, really goes to show how people judge on these articles not knowing the person. I have a tremendous amount of respect for you and how you handled the situation. You don’t seem to be bitter or out for revenge against her. You seem just as concerned as her family and friends. I don’t know what else to say, I’m just sitting here in shock.
Once again, someone assumes that a law-abiding American exercising their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms is transformed into a trigger-happy killer by the mere presence of a firearm. In this they are wrong, except maybe personally (time for a reality check for tarm88). Imagine if Ms. Hall had come at the victims with a knife or a gun? What if she was really determined with that tire iron? Why wouldn’t you want a gun? As commentator rgoers points out . . .
Carrying or not, it doesn’t sound like it would have been handled any differently. Not ALL people who carry are trigger-happy and ready to kill in a situation like this. In fact, those who DO carry are far more likely to be aware of the legal implications that would be involved should a shooting occur. (i.e. Expect to be questioned, detained, and/or arrested) Why risk ruining several lives when 2 guys were able to subdue this girl without a firearm?
Still, should have been a defensive gun use? [h/t RD]