A man has been arrested after he allegedly shot his way into a Draper home, exchanged gunfire with a resident, and hid under wall insulation when police arrived. A woman who lived at the house was treated for minor gunshot wounds.
Draper police officers arrived at a home near 500 East Draper Heights Way shortly before midnight on Wednesday after neighbors reported hearing gunshots and a woman screaming, according to a probable cause statement. They found spent shell casings and discovered that a glass door in the back of the house had been shattered.
When officers entered the home, they found the 37-year-old suspect “covered in insulation” in an unfinished area of the house.
According to the probable cause statement, the suspect and a resident of the home had argued about money earlier in the day. The suspect “forcibly entered the house and was not invited back.”
A resident of the home told police he was in the basement when he heard “two loud noises and glass breaking.” He got a pistol out of the safe, and when the suspect came around a corner and fired at him, he fired back. The suspect then “retreated out of the house.”
The female victim had run out of the house. The male victim told police he heard more gunfire outside, and that’s when he believes the female victim was wounded. She was driven to Intermountain Medical Center, where she was treated for her wounds and released a short time later.
According to police, the suspect’s gun was found inside the home, and surveillance video shows him holding the gun while he was in the house.
Pending formal charges, the suspect was booked into the Salt Lake County jail for investigation of aggravated burglary and felony discharge of a firearm. He’s being held without bail.