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Taylorsville Man Arrested for Shooting From Porch

Taylorsville Man Arrested for Shooting From Porch

Posted - Mar. 11, 2004 at 7:27 a.m.



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(KSL News) A scary night for residents of a Taylorsville neighborhood after an 85-year-old man fires gunshots from his back porch.

Zach Smith/ Neighbor: "I was eating dinner and doing my homework, and then more shots were fired from over at my neighbor's house. Then my grandma said, 'Get down,' and get to her room."

Salt Lake County deputies responded a little after 9 pm after reports of 12 gunshots at 4960 S. 3954 West.

Forty people were evacuated and the SWAT team was called because the man went back into the house.

After getting a key to the house from the man's caretaker, officers went inside and arrested the man peacefully.

He was taken to the University of Utah Medical Center.

Sgt. Rosie Rivera/ Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office: "Make sure he's okay, make sure he doesn't have any type of other depression or mental illness. Then we'll look at charging him."

The man apparently has a history of health problems.

Police also found black powder and other firearms in the house. Neighbors say the man is a veteran.

Fortunately no one was hurt and everyone is back in their homes.

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