Three arrested after shots are fired in Redstone
June 22, 2012
Three men were arrested early Thursday morning after firing multiple shots near Redstone Town Center following an altercation at a nearby residence.
According to Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds, deputies responded to a fight-in-progress call at 3:15 a.m. on North Fox Pointe Circle. As deputies were in route, numerous calls came in from neighbors reporting that shots had been fired.
"We think, as the three suspects were attempting to leave in their vehicle they began firing indiscriminately out of the window," Edmunds said. "A bullet did strike a condo unit that was unoccupied, but no one was injured. When deputies arrived they immediately blocked in the vehicle and apprehended one suspect but the other two fled on foot."
The driver of the vehicle, Diego Valenzuela, 18, was apprehended by deputies after a short foot pursuit, Edmunds said. Deputies and a police dog chased down the other suspect, a 17 year-old and arrested him. The third suspect, a 16 year-old, was arrested without incident in the vehicle, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s office. All three suspects were in custody 20 minutes after the first call was received.
"All three of the suspects were very inebriated and were leaving a party where, we think, a lot of drinking was happening," Edmunds said. "They appeared to just be firing their weapon, not necessarily in connection with the fight that had occurred inside."
According to the statement, during the investigation following the arrests, "deputies found that the three males became unruly when they were asked to leave a party. Upon exiting the residence, one of the males threw a large flower pot through the front window."
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The suspects also allegedly assaulted two people at the party and stole a female’s cell phone.
Deputies found a .40 caliber hand gun Valenzuela’s vehicle and five shell casings, Edmunds said.
According to the Summit County Sheriff’s office, the three suspects were not residents of Summit County and have extensive criminal histories. Valenzuela was booked into the Summit County Jail on felony and misdemeanor charges, including discharging a firearm from a vehicle, reckless endangerment, robbery, assault, failure to stop at the command of law enforcement, burglary and consumption of alcohol by a minor. The two juveniles were booked into the Salt Lake County Detention Center on charges of robbery, burglary and consumption by a minor.