A man who allegedly fired a gun in downtown Moab on Tuesday, Aug. 1 was successfully arrested by local law enforcement officers that evening, according to a news release from the Moab Police Department. Witnesses told police that the man, identified as Patrick Trujillo, 31, fired at least one shot in front of Zax Restaurant, located at 100 S. Main St., before entering the Club Rio bar, at 2 South 100 West.
The Moab City Police Department and the Grand County Sheriff’s Department “immediately responded” to the downtown area around 10 p.m. Aug. 1 after receiving information that Trujillo had fired a shot while on Main Street, Moab Police Chief Jim Winder said.
When police arrived at the area, witnesses told officers that the man had gone inside the bar. When the officers entered the establishment, witnesses in the bar indicated that the male was “brandishing the weapon and threatening patrons,” Winder said in the news release.
As the officers approached Trujillo in Club Rio, he allegedly pulled a firearm from his waistband.
“The ... officers immediately attempted to subdue the subject and as they did the male fired a single round,” according to the news release.
During the scuffle, the officers brought Trujillo to the ground and attempted to secure the firearm. At one point, an officer placed a hand into the firing mechanism of the weapon to prevent the man from firing additional shots.
“Eventually the very aggressive subject was taken into custody by members of the Moab City Police Department, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office and the Utah Highway Patrol,” the news release stated.
Police department officials called the multi-jurisdictional response a “heroic effort” that “undoubtedly prevented the loss of life of the responding officers, patrons of [Club Rio] and the subject.”
Trujillo was booked into the Grand County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault and other weapons-related offenses, the news release stated.