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Dispute with downtown Salt Lake City bar staff leads to gunfire

Published June 20, 2014 10:19 am
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Salt Lake City police say they arrested a man who punctuated an argument in a downtown bar parking lot with gunfire before pedaling away into the night on his bicycle.

No one was wounded when the man, allegedly uttering threats to employees of the Bar-X tavern at 155 E. 200 South, fired his handgun once. Police responding to a 911 call quickly found the suspect about a block away and took him into custody.

Detective Dennis McGowan said witnesses told police the suspect appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs and was riding his bicycle erratically in the parking lot when the confrontation took place.

When apprehended, the 27-year-old suspect did not have the backpack in which he was believed to have tucked the handgun. However, during questioning the suspect told police where he had ditched the items and they were recovered.

The handgun proved to have been stolen during a recent residential burglary, according to a probable cause statement.

Third District Court records show the same man pleaded guilty in 2010 to a class A misdemeanor count of threatening with a weapon.

The suspect was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail, where he remained Friday in lieu of $4,040 bail on suspicion of second-degree felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts ranging from discharging a firearm within city limits and failure to stop for a police officer to possession of stolen property and marijuana.


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