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Man shot after arriving to kid's party intoxicated and armed, police say

By Jen Riess and Carter Williams, KSL.com | Updated - Sep 1st, 2019 @ 7:56am | Posted - Aug 31st, 2019 @ 8:35pm


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TAYLORSVILLE — A man was shot after he showed up to a children's birthday party Saturday intoxicated and carrying a gun, according to police.

About 6:30 p.m., the man was dropped off at 4644 S. Hemlock Drive to attend a party at the residence, according to Unified police detective Ken Hansen.

The host saw that the man was under the influence and had a gun in his waistband, so the host told him to leave. Hansen said the host also took the gun and the magazine out of it and then handed it back to the man and asked him to leave.

The man did comply the second time and began walking down the street. Once the man left, the host brought the children into the backyard and went across the street to a neighbor's house who had a gun and a concealed weapons permit, police said.

The alleged intoxicated man then came to the neighbor's house and pointed his gun at the two, Hansen said.

"During that conversation, an argument, he pointed his handgun at one of the neighbors," Hansen said. "And when he did that, that neighbor did shoot him."

The man, whose name was not immediately released, was transported to the hospital in serious condition but the injuries weren't expected to be life-threatening, police said.

Hansen said the man who was shot was from Tooele and was known to the family at the birthday party, and was restricted from having a gun.

Authorities recovered both guns and are investigating the incident. As of Saturday evening, police were still trying to determine whether charges will be presented to the district attorney's office. Hansen added police believe the neighbor who shot the man was acting in self-defense.

Contributing: Garna Mejia, KSL TV

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