Man arrested after allegedly firing shots outside Stansbury Park gym

Lance Colby Milner. Photo: Tooele County

STANSBURY PARK, Utah, Nov. 13, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A suspect was arrested Tuesday after allegedly firing shots outside a Stansbury Park gym then trying to enter the building.

A probable cause statement from the 3rd District Court in Tooele said Lance Milner, 34, is facing charges of:

  • Aggravated assault, a third-degree felony
  • Possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to assault, a class A misdemeanor
  • Two counts of criminal mischief, a class B misdemeanor
  • Carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence of alcohol/drugs, a class B misdemeanor
  • Discharge of firearms, a class B misdemeanor
  • Disorderly conduct, an infraction

“I responded to Anytime Fitness to assist an off-duty deputy with apprehending Lance Milner,” the arresting officer wrote in the probable cause statement. “Lance was reported shooting a firearm in the area of Anytime Fitness. The off-duty detective was just arriving to Anytime Fitness.”

The off-duty detective stated Milner was pounding on the back door of Anytime Fitness and was holding a handgun, the statement said. A man stated he opened the door to see what was going on and Milner entered the building. The man said Milner pointed a handgun at him; the man grabbed the handgun from the suspect and ordered him to the ground.

“The off-duty detective went into the gym and took Lance into custody,” the statement said. “There were approximately six people inside of Anytime Fitness when the incident occurred.”

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Three empty 9 millimeter casings, one live round and a magazine full of live rounds were later found in the area.

Milner was in possession of the 9mm Ruger handgun, two knives and a was wearing a tactical AR-15 sling around his chest. A fence was found broken where some of the suspect’s belongings were found. The property owner stated his fence was not broken when he saw it the night before.

“Lance was unable to sit still and was talking about unrealistic things,” the statement said. “He stated a female popped up in the backseat of his vehicle while he was driving. She was chasing him around and that is who he was shooting at. He admitted he may have taken some bad methamphetamine. We did not have any contact with any female he stated was chasing him or find any evidence anyone was with him.”

The suspect had his vehicle parked in the parking lot of Anytime Fitness; his vehicle “was packed full of his personal items as if he was living in it,” the statement said. “There would be no room for anyone in the backseat of his vehicle. His vehicle is currently under possession of detectives.”

Milner was cleared by medical crews and transported to the Tooele County Detention Center with his bail set at $1,250.

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