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Suspect arrested after shooting at family who helped him get his truck out of mud

Posted by Travis Uresk | Aug. 8th 2022 | Duchesne Co. |

Monday, August 8th 2022

DUCHESNE, Utah — A Duchesne County man is being held without bail after allegedly shooting at a family that helped him when his truck was stuck in the mud, and then shooting at responding police officers.

According to an police report, Eric Delynn Burns, 31, of Ballard was booked on multiple counts of aggravated assault and felony discharge of a firearm, among other charges following his arrest last week.

The shootings happened on July 28 in an area of unincorporated Duchesne County near Starvation State Park.

According to a report filed by the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office, a family said a truck pulled into their driveway around 9 p.m. and got stuck in the mud. A man from the home went out and helped the driver get the truck unstuck, the report states.

“The individual identified himself to [victim] as Eric, and asked if he could pay him for the help. [Victim] declined Eric’s offer, and drove back to his property,” the report states.

The victim went back to his house, but shortly after saw a flashlight shining on the property, according to the report. Police said the victim went out to investigate the flashlight and Burns came out of the trees and called the victim by his name. The victim told detectives he recognized the person as a the man he had just helped with the truck stuck in the mud.

The victim reported he felt uneasy and that he believed Burns had a weapon. The victim left the area and went back to his trailer and then heard gunshots within a few minutes.

“That’s when they heard four shots in their general direction. [Victim] stated he and [another victim] gathered their wives and small children and retreated inside their travel trailers. [Victim] stated he heard another shot as they were running to the trailers. [Victims] had their families lay on the floor for cover, one child asked if they were going to die,” the report states.

One of the people in the group told detectives they believed the shooter was "going to kill us all."

Deputies responded to the area and reported hearing gunfire when they arrived. The deputies reported one of the shots had gone over their vehicles when they pulled up.

They found Burns’ abandoned truck, as well as several firearms, including a stolen rifle.

Details of how and where Burns was arrested were not included in the report.

Burns is on probation for a prior conviction, according to court records. Probation agents searched Burns’ home and recovered several weapons and ammunition, according to court documents.

“[Burns] is a substantial risk to the general public and while on probation and parole caused an imminent threat to a family with children present,” a sheriff’s report states.

Burns was charged last week in Eight District Court with theft and weapons charges.

Man arrested after using his horse to run down, trample individual in Uintah County

by Kayla Winn, KUTV

Thursday, July 21st 2022

WHITEROCKS, Utah (KUTV) — A man was arrested after police said he used his horse to run down an individual in Uintah County.

Douglas Wootton, 65, was arrested and booked on one count of aggravated assault.

Uintah County Sheriff Tarik Jones was dispatched at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday near the Loggers Cabin, located on Mosby Mountain.

According to a probable cause statement, the victim attempted to unload his four-wheeler from his pickup truck when Wootton approached him while riding a horse.

The victim claimed he heard Wootton yell at him and say, "now that we are alone what have you got to say to me."

Arresting documents state Wootton "with almost a gallop but faster than a trot" ran his horse into the victim's chest. The victim was pinned up against his truck due to the force of impact.

"Wootton turned his horse while whipping and kicking his horse to charge at the victim," according to charging documents.

Deputies said the victim was once again slammed into his truck.

While Wootton continued to have his horse trample the man, the victim was able to grab the reins of the horse near the bit and turn the horse away.

The probable cause statement states the man was then struck by the horse for a third time.

Following the altercation, the victim said Wootton was in a position where his wife and grandchildren could see the situation and rode away.

Jones said the victim sustained injuries to his left arm and had severe lower back pain that enable his ability to walk.

Wootton faces one count of aggravated assault, a third degree felony in the Uintah County Jail for using a horse as a deadly weapon knowingly to commit serious bodily injury.


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