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Man arrested for allegedly firing shots in Murray motel, 'nearly hitting' two others

MURRAY — A man who allegedly fired several shots from his motel room, almost striking two other people, was safely taken into custody Wednesday, police said.

Officers were called around 2 p.m. to the Studio 6 motel, 975 E. 6600 South, on a report of a possible active shooter. Murray police officer Kenny Bass said a man was firing shots from inside his room.

Shots hit at least one vehicle in the parking lot, and others struck a nearby building also belonging to the motel, damaging other rooms. The motel is located near the I-215 on- and off-ramps.

No one was injured in the incident. Once officers arrived, they were able to quickly make contact with Michael Neville Bennett, 47, and get him to come out of the room and surrender, Bass said.

Bennett, of Salt Lake City, was "under the influence of a controlled substance" at the time of the shooting, according to a jail document. He had two guns with him and fired multiple shots from each of them through the motel room door, "nearly hitting two people outside," the document states.

Bass said he didn't know how many shots were fired but added it was "several."

Law enforcement agencies, including Unified and West Valley police, responded to the hotel because of the potential of an active shooter scenario, Bass said.

Police said they believe Bennett was staying in the hotel room where the shots were fired. He was alone in the room at the time of the incident, Bass said.

Detectives were investigating whether Bennett ever stepped out of his room during the incident. It wasn't clear Wednesday whether anyone was specifically targeted.

Officers interviewed witnesses at the hotel Wednesday afternoon.

Bennett was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated assault, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, discharging a firearm within the county and criminal mischief.

Bennett's criminal history in Utah includes convictions for attempted aggravated assault, attempted drug possession and two DUI crimes. He was charged in October of last year with driving under the influence of drugs in a case that is still ongoing, court records show.


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