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Man fires automatic weapon with 29 rounds outside SLC apartment

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Posted at 10:54 AM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 12:54:46-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man who does not have permission to possess firearms was arrested Tuesday after firing an automatic rifle outside a Salt Lake City apartment building.

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Kirk Neil Madsen, 41, was seen by witnesses firing 29 rounds from an AK-47 outside the building where the mother of his child lives.

Madsen holds gun, walks to door

Police say Madsen had gone to the apartment to bring the woman back to Grantsville, but received no answer after knocking on the door.

Madsen told police he saw movement inside the unit and grew impatient while waiting for the woman to come outside, so he fired off the weapon.

Police on scene of Madsen gun firing

Although firing the gun only once, Madsen cleared out the entire 30-round magazine onto the street in front of the apartment. Madsen said he fired the gun to scare a male who he believed was in the building with the woman.

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Video taken by a witness shows Madsen putting the gun back into his car when police arrive, and then walking back up to the front door of the apartment. Despite being told to stay where he was, Madsen got into the car and left the scene.

As a Category 2 restricted person, records show that Madsen was not allowed to possess any firearm.

Madsen was later taken into custody and charged with multiple felony counts of firearm discharge, but the gun was not recovered.