TOOELE — A Tooele man was arrested Monday after police say he told them he accidentally fired a round into the floor of his apartment, just missing a resident living in the apartment below him.
Tooele police were called to 147 W. 600 North on Sunday on a report of an argument and a gunshot being heard in one of the apartments, according to a police affidavit. Officers responded but could not find any evidence of a gun being fired at that time.
The next day, on Monday, a tenant called police to report there was a bullet hole in his ceiling and a bullet lodged in his floor. The tenant told police he had heard arguing the night before and that “he was scared for his family’s safety, and he moved his children so they were under their beds. As he walked into the family room, (he) said the gunshot went off, hitting just a few feet from where he was standing,” the affidavit states.
Officers then went to the apartment directly above and found a bullet hole in the floor. Police learned that a 49-year-old man was intoxicated the night before and arguing with a family member when he grabbed his AR-15 Colt .223 rifle and “was walking with the rifle when he accidentally pulled the trigger, shooting it through his floor and through his neighbor’s ceiling,” according to the affidavit.
The man was booked into the Tooele County Jail for investigation of reckless endangerment and illegal shooting.