MILLCREEK, Utah, Oct. 24, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Unified Police officials have identified a man they say was “was shooting at shadows,” and prompted a mass police response in Millcreek overnight.
The suspect is Alexander James Peace, 26. He has been booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on suspicion of:
- Assault against a police officer, a second-degree felony
- Aggravated assault, a third-degree felony
- Felony discharge of a firearm — shoot in direction of person, a third-degree felony
- Felony discharge of a firearm, a third-degree felony
- Use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor
Unified Police Sgt. Melody Gray told Gephardt Daily officers were called to the Brick Lofts Apartments near 3098 Highland Drive about 3:15 a.m. on a “shots fired” call.
When police arrived, they were forced to take cover as multiple gunshots were heard coming from the apartment complex.
A call for help went out to nearby agencies, and officers responded from across the valley. Reverse 911 calls were also made, telling nearby residents to shelter in place.
SWAT officers were preparing to move on the apartment when a woman, initially thought to be a hostage, was able to contact police and told them the man firing a weapon was high on drugs and “shooting at imaginary objects.”
The woman was able to escape the apartment and the shooter, later identified as Peace, was taken into custody.
Gray said Thursday morning that no one was injured in the incident, although police would be on scene for several hours executing a search warrant on the residence.
Gephardt Daily will update the story as more information becomes available.