Drunken Salt Lake man arrested for shooting guns from balcony, police say

The Salt Lake County Jail in South Salt Lake is pictured on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.

The Salt Lake County Jail in South Salt Lake is pictured on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Police have arrested a man who they say was drunk and shooting guns off of his fourth-floor balcony.

Salt Lake police received multiple calls of shots being fired hear 100 South and 300 East on Sunday night.

“A witness observed a muzzle flash from the balcony of the top floor on the northwest corner of 132 S. 400 East,” according to a police affidavit.

Officers could hear loud music blasting from the apartment. Several officers went inside the building to go to the door. Just as police were about to knock, Derrick Sanchez, 39, stepped outside, the affidavit states, and told the officers he was drunk and firing weapons from his balcony.

Police said they believe Sanchez was firing his weapons into the air. No injuries were reported.

A search warrant was served on the apartment where investigators found “five discharged shell casings, a large amount of ammunition, two semi-auto handguns, four semi-auto rifles, one semi-auto shotgun, and multiple loaded magazines. Officers also located multiple empty beer cans,” the affidavit states.

Sanchez was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of five counts of illegal discharge of a firearm and seven counts of carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence of alcohol.

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