Piute County, Utah

From the Salt Lake Tribune of July 31, 2007

Trespassers meet with gunfire

A landowner greeted trespassers with gunfire in Piute County on Sunday. No one was injured. About 6 p.m., nine people entered a gate with a “no trespassing” sign and proceeded toward the Kimberly Mill, according to the Piute County Sheriff’s Office. As they rounded a turn to the mill, a man who owns the property fired a .40-caliber pistol, said Deputy Mike Gayler. Gayler said it is unclear whether the man was trying to harm anyone or just scare away the party. The party fled to the main road but along the way one man stopped and fired five pistol shots into an unfastened padlock, the sheriff’s office said. Gayler said the man appeared to fire at the lock out of spite. The sheriff’s office is referring the case to county prosecutors.

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