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Gunfire after argument ends with stray bullet in child’s room; no injuries

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Posted at 8:12 PM, Dec 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-29 22:12:44-05

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah – Police say it could have ended tragically. An altercation ended with shots fired, one into the room of a 4-year-old boy.

It happened Friday when police say several men got into an argument at the Waterside Condominium complex on 1300 East. One of the men was hit with the butt of a gun.

Police say the victim fired two shots. One went through an exterior wall, the other through the floor and into the home of Whitney Olsen.

“It just makes me sick to my stomach to think that my son could have easily been here,” Olsen said.

She was home at the time, but luckily her son Camden wasn’t. He was spending Christmas with his father.

Olsen found the mess in Camden’s room on Saturday. A bullet hole through the ceiling and a hole through the TV stand.

“It took me a minute to figure it all out,” Olsen said. “Once I saw the bullet, I was kind of panicking.”

Olsen called police. Officers obtained a search warrant for that upstairs apartment. But while they were there, three of the suspects came home.

Cottonwood Police Sgt. Corbett Ford said officers tried to confront those individuals, but they took off in a car and almost hit an officer in the process.

“He had to jump out of the way. And as they get around to the other side of the complex, they end up stopping the vehicle and all three jump out,” Ford said.

Police arrested 36-year-old Robert Martinez, 27-year-old Justin Delange and 26-year-old Shawn Lewis. Police are still looking for the man who fired the gun. They say drugs may have played a factor in the argument.

Ford said officers also recovered a stolen gun and cash from the upstairs condo.