OGDEN — Ogden police are trying to sort out an apparent shooting incident and auto accident that occurred Thursday morning, in which the driver of the car involved told police he doesn’t know anything about how his car got four bullet holes in it.
Ogden Police Lt. Kevin Cottrell said the initial report, at 8:39 a.m., was of a car accident at the corner of 3300 South and 1500 West. Callers also reported hearing gunshots in the area.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found a gold 2005 Chevy Malibu wrecked at the curbside, with the driver standing by the car.
The driver, Steven Rivera, 21, had minor injuries consistent with a car accident, but officers found four bullet holes on the passenger side of the car along with one bullet hole in the passenger side headrest.
Officers arrested Rivera and charged him with several traffic violations and a parole violation. Cottrell said Rivera denied knowing anything about the bullet holes in his car.
Witnesses told officers a second gold-colored vehicle was also involved in the incident. Officers did not find it nearby, but Cottrell said they stopped and detained two other people who were seen leaving the area.
“They were seen in the area by the car and they took off across the field. The officers stopped them on the other side,” Cottrell said.
After stopping those two, officers retraced their paths across the field and found a handgun, which is listed as stolen.
One of the two detained, Austin Martinez, 18, was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen handgun and having an outstanding warrant. The other person was released.
Cottrell said the case was turned over to the Metro Gang Unit for further investigation. The gun is being processed to see if it was the one used to shoot holes in the car.
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