ST. GEORGE — The early morning tranquility was shattered by gunfire Friday morning as two shots were fired in an apartment at the Mesa Villa apartment complex at 1109 E. 400 South in St. George. When it was over, a resident of the apartment building was in jail on intoxication and firearms charges.
St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said police received a call from a man about 6:25 a.m. saying that his 7-year-old daughter had been kidnapped, the kidnapper was still inside his apartment and he had a gun. When they arrived, two shots were heard from inside the apartment, he said. Police went to neighboring apartments, quietly and quickly clearing them.
A man came out of the apartment holding a handgun. Officers talked to the man and ordered him to put the handgun down.
St. George resident Jacob Holland, 32, complied with the order and was taken into custody.
Upon further investigation, Despain said, Holland was determined to have been alone in his apartment, made the 911 call himself and no kidnapping had occurred. Holland may have been having an alcohol or drug-related episode, he said.
There were no injuries from the gunshots.
Holland was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George for medical clearance before being taken to jail. He is being held on several firearm and intoxication charges.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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