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Shooting investigation leads to arrest of Colorado parolee in Emery County

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SALT LAKE CITY — A report of an “active shooter” at a Castle Dale trailer park resulted in one man being arrested and no reports of injuries.

Michael Lee Patterson, 28, was booked into the Emery County Jail Monday for investigation of possession of a weapon by a restricted person, criminal mischief, two counts related to illegally shooting a firearm, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies were called to the Esquire Estates trailer park on Monday afternoon.

“Initial information was given that a single male was outside shooting a firearm. While en-route dispatch was updating information that the shooter was shooting into a mobile home,” according to a police affidavit.

Deputies who arrived on scene spotted a man who matched the description of the gunman

“The subject was ordered to walk towards me, while facing away, and was then ordered to the ground where he was taken into custody. The subject now identified as Michael Patterson was stating things that did not make sense,” including other people were in a nearby car and house, the affidavit states.

Deputies reported that two shots had been fired, one of them hitting the driver’s side door of a parked vehicle.

Methamphetamine and prescription drugs were found inside Patterson’s backpack, according to the affidavit. Police said Patterson is currently on parole out of Colorado.