Christopher Church, 27, and Brandon Brown, 20 were booked into the Davis County Jail on suspicion of two third-degree felony counts each of aggravated assault, one class A misdemeanor count each of reckless endangerment, one class B misdemeanor count each of possession of a firearm by an intoxicated person, and one class B misdemeanor count each of discharge of a firearm within the city limits.
Church also faces a class B misdemeanor count of reckless driving and a class B misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. Brown also faces a class B misdemeanor count of illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, according to Layton Police Lt. Shawn Horton.
Layton police received multiple calls of shots fired Thursday night at 10:45 p.m. in the area of 1062 E. 2525 North. Some of the callers reported hearing a vehicle speed away, Horton said.
Fifteen minutes later, a witness reported suspects were firing at a vehicle in the area of Antelope and Sunset Drive. Other witnesses reported two vehicles involved and officers located the suspect vehicle in the area of 2350 N. 2275 East.
A high-risk stop was conducted and three occupants removed from the vehicle. In addition to Church and Brown, a 17-year-old female, described as an associate of Brown’s, was with them. Horton said she was not taken into custody.
“She did nothing wrong and reported she was in fear for her life because of his driving,” Horton said.
Church allegedly resisted arrest and was taken to the ground before being handcuffed, Horton said.
Later, two 17-year-old males drove to the Layton Police Department and reported they had met Church and Brown at the east end of Antelope Drive while they were driving off-road in the area. The teens said they drove away and that Church and Brown followed them. The teens said they heard gunshots and believed they were being pursued and shot at by someone in Church’s vehicle.
The gun was allegedly located in Church’s vehicle when the pair were stopped, Horton said.
Police say Church and Brown were intoxicated and were driving recklessly. The two allegedly confessed to taking turns shooting into the air, but denied shooting at the vehicle they were following.
Police say Church and Brown discharged a firearm from their vehicles on at least four other occasions in Davis County and Layton.
There were no injuries reported.