UPDATE ( 1/20/2020 ) – 88-year-old John Malin Hardy was charged Friday with first-degree felony attempted murder, second-degree felony discharge of a firearm (x2), and third-degree felony assault on a police officer (x2).
Documents state police responded a report of a shooting on Sierra View Circle on January 9.
When police arrived, they found a 65-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his bicep who said he had been shot by a family member who lived in the neighborhood.
Another neighbor approached officers who said they believed John Hardy was involved because the Hardy’s were always arguing with other family members who live nearby, documents state.
The victim said he remembered hearing approximately five gunshots, one of which struck him. The victim was treated on scene then transported by ambulance to the hospital.
Officers, along with SWAT team members responded to Hardy’s home and was able to get other individuals out of the home, but Hardy remained in the basement. Once SWAT received a warrant, they entered the home and was able to safely take Hardy into custody.
Hardy was transported to the hospital after police found evidence he had taken “numerous amounts of medications.”
During a search of Hardy’s home, police found four additional shell casings in the basement. Hardy had fired two rounds into the walls, telling police he did that to let them know he was still armed, according to documents.
Numerous shell casings were also located inside and outside the home, including the living room, kitchen, and garage. In the garage, numerous keys were found scattered and broken as well as a bullet fragment casing.
The next day, during an interview with police while still at the hospital, Hardy said he has wanted to kill the victim for years over on going disputes. He said his plan was to kill him, and then himself, according to documents.
On January 16, officers learned Hardy had been released to a mental health facility where officers were able to take him into custody and book him into the Salt Lake County Jail mental health division.
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