Shots fired in apartment building Friday lead to one arrest

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.

One man was arrested after shots were fired in an apartment. Mesa Villa apartment, St. George, Utah, April 24, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
One man was arrested after shots were fired in an apartment. Mesa Villa apartment, St. George, Utah, April 24, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

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.

One man was arrested after shots were fired in an apartment. Mesa Villa apartment, St. George, Utah, April 24, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
One man was arrested after shots were fired in an apartment. Mesa Villa apartment, St. George, Utah, April 24, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

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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15 Comments

  • sagemoon April 24, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Weirdo.

  • Free Parking April 24, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Whacko

  • dixiegirl803 April 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Seeing as how you know nothing about this person, maybe you should save the judgment!

    • Free Parking April 25, 2015 at 1:07 am

      Seeing as you know nothing about anybody here you should shut you mouth and save the judgement

      • Free Parking April 25, 2015 at 2:20 pm

        Have a nice day sweetie pie

  • beentheredonethat April 24, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Let me guess. He has PTSD

  • beentheredonethat April 24, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    PTSD is as believable as split personality disorder or temporary insanity……….just do what you want, and claim it’s not MY fault.

    • Free Parking April 25, 2015 at 1:13 am

      One less idiot out on the streets. that is what apartment dwellers need is some weirdo whacked out psycho firing a gun and killing an innocent child.. I’m judging him and I say keep that moron behind bars where he belongs before he kills somebody

  • dixiegirl803 April 25, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I don’t care about any of you so why would I care about what I know about you. All I know is that you are all ignorant people. You are all 10 times worse than this person. And about the comment about PTSD, wow you are an even bigger idiot.

    • Free Parking April 25, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      Ahhh you are such a nice person.. we love you to

  • dixiegirl803 April 25, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Until you know all the facts, you can’t make a good judgment. And even then you all sound like you wouldn’t be able to make one.

    • Free Parking April 25, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Well when you get ready to make a decision. let us know we would love to help you

  • dixiegirl803 April 25, 2015 at 9:54 am

    If your worried about one less idiot, you should just stay off the streets!

    • Free Parking April 25, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      Well if you got off the streets with him locked up that would be 2 less idiots out on the streets

  • Free Parking April 25, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    LOCK HIM UP AND KEEP THAT IDIOT OFF THE STREETS

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