A Stockton man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after allegedly firing multiple rounds from a handgun into the ground within the town limits.
Clifford Voss, 52, faces charges of discharge of a firearm, carrying a deadly weapon while intoxicated, disorderly conduct, interference with an arresting officer and public intoxication, all misdemeanors.
Stockton Police Chief Dan Johnson said Voss, who appeared to be heavily intoxicated, fired a handgun outside his home in Stockton around 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday.
According to Johnson, Voss did not point the gun at anyone but did fire five rounds into the ground. By the time Tooele County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene, the gun had been put away, said Sheriff Paul Wimmer.
Police recovered the firearm at the scene, Johnson said.
Voss sustained superficial injuries after getting into a scuffle with arresting officers and was taken to Mountain West Medical Center for treatment before being released to the Tooele County Detention Center, according to Johnson.
Tooele County Sheriff’s deputies and a Grantsville police officer responded to the scene because of the report that shots had been fired, Johnson said.
Since Voss fired the gun in a populated area, the chief said it was good the shots were fired into the ground and not the air, where they would pose additional risk to people and property.
“It’s lucky that no one was injured,” Johnson said.