2 in custody after shots fired inside home

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SALT LAKE COUNTY -- Two men are in custody of the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office after multiple shots were fired inside a Salt Lake County home. Deputies believe the man who fired those several shots did so as more of a threat than with intent to harm somebody.

The initial 911 call was made from a woman inside the home the 900 block of East Buddlea Drive in White City around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

She notified dispatchers of a domestic dispute with possible weapons involved. When deputies from the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office arrived, three of the five people inside the home came out, but the deputies then heard multiple gun shots. They used a bullhorn and convinced the other two people to come out of the home.

Lt. Don Hutson with the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office said, "When we were on scene and hear shots fired inside a residence, obviously, that makes you far more aware and far more cautious, but we were able to get everybody out of the home."

Deputies say 45-year-old Richard Utley pulled out a shotgun, a rifle, a handgun, and perhaps even had more weapons, and just began firing shots at a wall out of anger and frustration toward another family member. He was arrested on charges of discharging a firearm.

His brother, 39-year-old Kevin Utley was arrested for outstanding warrants. Deputies say he was not involved in the altercation.

Apparently this was just a verbal altercation until the gun shots were fired. No physical assault took place, and nobody was injured.

E-mail: wjohnson@ksl.com


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