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Police say Provo man publicly carried loaded gun while intoxicated

Published: Saturday, Dec. 10 2011 10:47 p.m. MST

PROVO — An 18-year-old Provo man was arrested Saturday afternoon for carrying a firearm while intoxicated and assaulting a police officer.

Provo police said they received multiple calls about a man seen walking and carrying a rifle on State Street near Columbia Lane.

A BYU Police Officer in the area tried to talk to the man, but he ignored the officer and walked away, police say. At 1000 North and 500 West, the BYU officer tried to stop the man by pulling in front of him in his vehicle and turning on his overhead lights, according to police. The man proceeded to walk around the vehicle, so a Provo Police officer physically restrained the man. As the officer tried to take the rifle away, the man pulled the trigger and a round was shot into the grass, according to police, and officers later determined he was intoxicated. No injuries were reported.

In addition to assaulting a police officer and carrying a firearm while intoxicated, he was also arrested on suspicion of illegally consuming alcohol, failure to obey a lawful order, and carrying a loaded firearm, according to Provo Police. He was booked into the Utah County Jail.

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