Owner of Utah landscaping company charged with shooting customer

Owner of Utah landscaping company charged with shooting customer

(Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office)

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BLUFFDALE — Formal charges were filed Wednesday against the owner of a landscaping company accused of shooting a customer who filed a lawsuit against him.

Ryan Nolan Holladay, 36, of Riverton, was charged in 3rd District Court with two counts of discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a restricted person, second-degree felonies; and three counts of discharge of a firearm, a third-degree felony.

Sunday night, Holladay went to a Bluffdale man's house. The 34-year-old homeowner knew Holladay because he had hired him to do some landscape work, "but that arrangement had broken down resulting in (the homeowner) suing Holladay," according to charging documents.

"Holladay stated that he was there to 'mediate,' then drew a gun from his pocket and fired multiple shots," the charges state.

The homeowner was shot twice, including a "grazing wound to his rib cage" and a through-and-through bullet wound to his right bicep, according to charging documents. Holladay fired a total of six shots, police say.

Saratoga Springs police "pinged" Holladay's phone and found it on the driver's seat of his pickup truck that was abandoned near the Salt Lake City International Airport.

As of Wednesday, Holladay had not been found. A $100,000 warrant was issued for his arrest.

According to his Facebook page, Holladay is the owner of Landscaping and Sprinkler Specialists in Riverton.

Court records show Holladay has a history of domestic violence. He was also convicted in 2003 of robbery, possession of a weapon by a restricted person and impersonating an officer and was sentenced to one to 15 years at the Utah State Prison. That sentence was ordered to run concurrent with a 2002 conviction of aggravated robbery for which Holladay was sentenced to five years to life at the Utah State Prison.

Anyone with information about the incident or Holladay's whereabouts is asked to call police at 801-766-6503.


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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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