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The pricey man accused the state of shooting a bystander during a quarrel

The price is pictured on a police department vehicle on October 6, 2021. According to charging documents, Price was charged Wednesday with shooting another man and losing his head a bit, while saying he intended to shoot a third person. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

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Price – the second man who shot at another man and struck an innocent bystander – has been charged with criminal charges for allegedly putting a hole in his ear and losing his head a bit.

Colton Jack Clark, 21, was arraigned Wednesday in 7th District Court on a charge of unlawful discharge of a firearm, a first-degree felony; Aggravated assault resulting in serious injury, second-degree felony; Possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony; Drug possession, A Class A misdemeanor; Possession of drug paraphernalia, Class B misconduct; And intoxication, a class C mistake.

On Saturday, Price police responded to a report of shootings near 600 East and 500 South. When officers arrived, Clark put his hands in the air and began contacting them, according to a police booking affidavit.

“I was the one who shot the shot,” he told the officer, the affidavit states.

Several people then began walking out of the basement of the residence, including a man with blood on his left ear and neck, police noted.

“(The victim) was struck once in his left ear and was found to have lost his head slightly. I saw the wound and noticed a hole still bleeding in the middle of his ear,” according to the affidavit.

The victim told detectives that Clark and another man had quarreled inside the residence and tried to separate the victim. When all the parties went out, Clark tried to shoot the man he disagreed with, who was standing on the other end of the road, the affidavit says.

“(The victim) told me that Colton (the other man) was trying to shoot and escaped and shot him instead. (He) told me that he tried to get out of the way shortly before Colton took the shot.” According to the affidavit.

Clark, who told authorities he had four beers and three shots, said he believed he was jumping and fired his rifle in self-defense but did not intend to injure the person who shot him. However, as Clark boarded the car to leave, the police determined that “there was plenty of time to climb into the vehicle and leave the situation, rather than pulling and firing his rifle.”

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Pat Ravi is a longtime police and courts reporter. After several years of reporting for Deseret News, he joined the team in 2021

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