MANTI, Utah — Authorities were pushing Wednesday for attempted aggravated homicide charges against a survivalist suspected of burglarizing dozens of remote Utah cabins where he stayed while eluding capture for six years.
The charges were being sought after 45-year-old Troy James Knapp fired at officers in a helicopter before surrendering on Tuesday in the snow-covered mountains outside of Ferron in central Utah, Sanpete County Sheriff Brian Nielson said.
Nobody was wounded, but firing at officers “is about as serious as you can get,” Nielson said.
Knapp remained in custody, where Nielson said he was regaling detectives about his solitary travels and survival tactics.
“He really has a fascinating story to tell, and right now he’s willing to tell it,” Nielson said.
Knapp also could face multiple charges of burglary, theft and damaging property in the county.
County prosecutor Brody Keisel said he would submit probable cause documents in court on…
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