Preston Haun wasn’t feeling well.
A sergeant with the Utah Department of Corrections, Haun felt so poorly on Monday, Dec. 10, he called out sick from the Timpanogos Women’s Prison.
Later that evening, he felt up to accompanying his wife to pick up a pizza at the Papa John’s franchise in Springville.
“I still had my pajamas under my jeans,” he joked later.
But there was no joking around after he reached the restaurant. Haun found himself face-to-face with an armed person who had been harassing patrons and employees, according to Springville Police reports.
Stepping in, Haun eventually physically subdued the man, holding him until police arrived.
“He put his life on the line,” said Gordon Hansen, owner of the Papa John’s franchise in Springville. “He was really brave. He didn’t have to do that.”
Haun, who described the incident as “no big deal,” said the event happened over about a 10- to 15-minute period.
“He was acting really erratic and scaring the employees there,” Haun said of the suspect, identified by authorities as 50-year-old Clinton Camp. “One of the delivery drivers asked him to leave because he was becoming really belligerent. At that time, he reached down into his pants and pulled (something) out and went toward the delivery driver.”
Haun said he interceded, “just trying to corral him out of the store.”
At some point, he heard one of the employees yell “knife.”
“Everybody scattered out of the restaurant,” Haun said. “Moms, kids, they either went toward the back or right out the door. So we just went to the ground. I don’t know what happened to the knife or where it ended up.”
He said he wrestled with the man for a short period before gaining control and holding him for police. After officers arrived, Haun said he went to help employees, some of whom were crying over the incident.
Camp was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault.
Since then, the story has gone public. Haun said his “Facebook is lighting up like a Christmas tree.” His colleagues have taken notice as well.
“These type of actions epitomize our profession and showcase the talents and abilities that make up who we are as corrections officers,” wrote Jeremy Sharp, Director of Prison Operations for the UDC, in an email to corrections employees concerning the incident.
Others have wondered, Did he get a free pizza?
Well, not that night.
“Funny thing is, we had already paid for our pizza, we were just waiting for it to get done,” Haun joked. “They did make us a fresh pizza.”
But Hansen said the store took care of it later.
“We sent some pizzas to show how grateful we are,” Hansen noted, “but there is really no way to express our gratitude.”
Public Information Office, Dec. 18, 2018