SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake man was charged Friday with threatening to shoot two women and a dog on Neff Canyon Trail.

Two women were walking dogs in the area of 5039 E. Neff Canyon on Feb. 20, when one of the dogs approached Jean David Vigos, 70, according to charges filed in 3rd District Court.

Vigos kicked the dog, then pulled out a handgun and said he would shoot the dogs, the charges state. Vigos then pointed the gun in the direction of the two women and said he would "shoot them too," the women told police.

After the incident, Unified police shut down the canyon to public access and searched for Vigos for more than three hours using K-9 units and a Utah Highway Patrol helicopter.

Vigos turned himself over to police. He told officers the dogs were being aggressive and that he felt threatened. The dogs' owners disputed that claim, police said.

Vigos was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.

Ladd Brubaker