SWAT teams swarm Utah apartment block at 3am after reports of an ‘active shooter’ and find man, 26, ‘high on drugs and shooting at imaginary objects’
- Alexander Peace, 26, of Millcreek, Utah, faces charges including assaulting a police officer, felony discharge of a firearm, and use of drug paraphernalia
- Massive police presence was seen outside his apartment complex after reports that gunshots were heard at around 3:15am on Thursday
- SWAT teams were called in and residents were told to stay in place as it was feared police were dealing with ‘active shooter’
- A woman initially thought to be a hostage reportedly told police that the gunman was ‘high on drugs’ and ‘shooting at imaginary objects’
- She contacted authorities just moments before SWAT team was set to storm the gunman’s apartment
Alexander Peace, 26, of Millcreek, Utah, faces felony charges including assault and discharging a firearm
A man said to be under the influence of drugs was ‘shooting at shadows’ with his gun, prompting worried neighbors to call the SWAT team to his apartment complex.
Alexander Peace, 26, of Millcreek, Utah, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail before dawn on Thursday.
Officers were called to an apartment complex in Millcreek at around 3:15am on Thursday after authorities received reports of gunshots.
Residents in nearby apartments sheltered in place after receiving ‘reverse 911’ calls, while SWAT teams thought they were dealing with an active shooter, according to Fox 13 TV.
A massive police presence was seen at the apartment complex and nearby roads were sealed off.
Officers on the scene, however, determined that there was no active shooter when a woman who was first thought to be a hostage contacted police and told them that the gunman was high on drugs and ‘shooting at imaginary objects,’ Gephardt Daily reported.
She contacted the authorities just moments before the SWAT team was set to burst into the apartment.
The woman was able to escape the apartment and the shooter, who was later named as Peace, was taken into custody.
There were no injuries.
‘What we have found is that he was intoxicated on some type of substance, believed he was shooting at someone or something,’ Unified Police Department Sgt. Melody Gray said.
‘He fired numerous rounds, and we’re very lucky that no one is injured.
‘We do have that male in custody.’
Peace faces a litany of charges, including assaulting a police officer, aggravated assault, felony discharge of a firearm, and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.