TAYLORSVILLE — A man who authorities say was shot after arriving armed and drunk at a children’s party over the weekend told a stranger who had picked him up that he “was going to kill someone,” according to a police affidavit filed in 3rd District Court.
Brian Dean Bogart, 40, of Tooele, was booked into Salt Lake County Jail Sunday on suspicion of aggravated assault, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, and kidnapping, according to jail records.
The police affidavit says the bizarre series of events began Saturday after the host of a children's party told Bogart not to come to his home for the party. Bogart decided to go anyway, but his vehicle reportedly broke down on state Route 201, according to the document.
That’s when another motorist who saw Bogart walking east on the highway, “felt bad” for the man and decided to pick him up and give him a ride to wherever he was going, the report continued. The motorist didn’t know Bogart.
“After Brian got into (the motorist’s) vehicle, he pulled a handgun out and laid it on his lap, (the motorist) was fearful and didn't know what to do,” the report stated. “Brian was telling (the motorist) that he was going to kill someone. Brian would then deny he was going to kill someone, then again say he was going to kill someone.”
Bogart also instructed the motorist to drive to the party's address. After the motorist dropped Bogart off at the Taylorsville address he requested, the motorist then drove home to Orem and called Utah Highway Patrol to report the strange encounter with the man, according to the report.
Officers responded to a report of a shooting at 4644 S. Hemlock Drive in Taylorsville shortly after 6:30 p.m., according to Unified police detective Ken Hansen.
The party host told Bogart to leave, but he didn’t comply, Hansen said on Saturday. He added the host told police they could see Bogart had a gun in his waistband and had Bogart remove the magazine before allowing Bogart to keep the gun.
Bogart left, and the host made sure all the children were in the backyard away from any harm, Hansen said. According to the affidavit, Bogart walked down the street but returned a few minutes later as the host was talking with three neighbors across the street from the home. Bogart had the handgun with him and one of the neighbors had a concealed weapon permit, Hansen said.
The report stated the neighbor warned Bogart to drop his weapon before he fired two shots, striking Bogart in the arm and neck. Afterward, the neighbor “cleared the pistol” Bogart had with him and, though the magazine was missing, one .45-caliber round was found in the gun, according to the document.
Bogart’s injuries weren’t considered life-threatening on Saturday and he was booked into jail the following day after he was released from a hospital.
He told police that it was his gun and acknowledged he wasn’t supposed to own the gun. The report stated Bogart has “several” prior felony convictions and had spent time in prison. He was no longer on parole Saturday.
Bogart also told police he pulled out the gun because “(the host) and the neighbors were confronting and surrounding him,” but police said that claim wasn’t supported by any witnesses, the report stated.
Hansen said he didn’t believe the neighbor who shot Bogart would face any charges because officers believed the neighbor was acting in self-defense.