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Drunken man who fired weapon tells police alcohol and guns don’t mix, charges say

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SALT LAKE CITY — Criminal charges have been filed against a Salt Lake man accused of firing a gun into the air while intoxicated on the Fourth of July.

The 51-year-old was charged last week in Salt Lake City Justice Court with carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence, and illegal shooting, both class B misdemeanors.

On the night of July 4, Salt Lake police were called to the area of 1500 West and 300 South on a report of shots fired. Neighbors directed police to the man’s home, where he was found in the backyard.

“(He) appeared to have difficulty with his balance and slurred speech. I asked (him) if he was intoxicated, at which point he stated he was as he was celebrating the Fourth of July,” according to a police affidavit.

When asked about reports from neighbors about shots being fired, the man “made statements asking why it mattered as ‘it was the west side,’” the affidavit states.

Spent shell casings were found the backyard and the man eventually admitted to shooting his gun in the air, according to police.

“(He) made multiple utterances, such as stating alcohol and guns don’t mix,” the affidavit says.