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Bicyclist riding in circles fired gun, threatened witnesses, police say

A man was arrested Thursday after police say he rode his bicycle in circles in a parking lot and fired a gun into the air before threatening others.
A man was arrested Thursday after police say he rode his bicycle in circles in a parking lot and fired a gun into the air before threatening others.
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SALT LAKE CITY — A man was arrested Thursday after police say he rode his bicycle in circles in a parking lot and fired a gun into the air before threatening others.

Just before 6:30 p.m., police were called to the parking lot of Bar X, 155 E. 200 South, on a report of a shot fired. A man was reportedly riding a bicycle in circles and had fired a shot into the air. No one was in the parking at the time of the shooting, said Salt Lake police detective Dennis McGowan.

Two of the bar's employees heard the shot, however, and went outside to find out what was happening. The man waved his gun around and made threatening comments before riding away, McGowan said.

Officers spotted the man riding his bike a short distance away, but he initially refused to pull over. When he did, the man no longer had the gun with him. McGowan said the man eventually showed investigators where he had hidden the weapon and bar employees identified him as the suspect. The gun was determined to be stolen, he said.

Investigators believe the man was under the influence of some type of drug at the time, according to McGowan.

"His speech is deliberate and it's difficult for him. His demeanor, his actions, everything — not only according to police but according to witnesses — is erratic, so police belive he was possibly under the influence of some narcotic," he said.

Daniel Archuleta, 27, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated assault, discharging a firearm within city limits, failing to stop at the command of a law enforcer, possession of stolen property and marijuana possession.

Utah state court records show that Archuleta was already scheduled to be sentenced in Ogden next month on a felony shoplifting conviction. In 2010, he was convicted in a violent domestic violence-related assault. He later violated his probation and was ordered to spend two years in jail with credit for time served.

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