FARMINGTON -- Two men accused of firing a .45-caliber handgun multiple times in a spree through east Layton entered not-guilty pleas to charges related to the October incident.
Christopher James Church, 27, of Layton, and Brandon Benjamin Edgar Brown, 20, of Kaysville both appeared in 2nd District Court Tuesday. Both are charged with one count of riot, a third-degree felony; and one count of reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor.
Church is also charged with one count of discharge of firearms, one count of interference with an arresting officer, one count of reckless driving, one count of driving under the influence of alcohol, and one count of carrying a dangerous weapon under the influence of alcohol, all class B misdemeanors.
Another hearing for Church is set for Dec. 2. He has been released from the Davis County Jail after posting $5,000 bail.
Brown is also charged with one count of purchase, possession , consumption of alcohol by a minor, one count of discharge of firearms, and one count of carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence of alcohol, all class B misdemeanors. He is held in the county jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. Another hearing for Brown is scheduled for Dec. 9.
Layton police said on Oct. 24 they received multiple 911 calls of shots being fired in the east Layton area shortly after 10:45 p.m. Fifteen minutes later a witness called 911 to report men in a vehicle were shooting at a vehicle that was in front of him in the area of Antelope and Sunset Drive, police said.
More callers gave dispatchers descriptions of the vehicles and police stopped a Ford Explorer, registered to Church.
Two 17-year-old boys drove to the Layton Police Department and reported they had encountered Brown and Church earlier in the evening on the east end of Antelope Drive while all of them were driving off-road in the area, police said.
When the teenagers drove away about 10:45 p.m. they told police Brown and Church followed them in a Ford Explorer. They also heard shots coming from the Explorer and "believed they were being pursued and shot at by someone" in the Explorer, police said.
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