A 22-year-old man from the Tremonton area is in the Box Elder County Jail after he threatened customers and police at Denny’s Restaurant in Tremonton early Friday morning.
Police Chief Dave Nance said Tyson Burgess faces multiple charges in the incident that took place about 2:40 a.m., on March 15. Burgess was reported to be intoxicated when he had an altercation with other customers in the restaurant and flashed a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol. The customers, two males and two females, told officers he made threatening statements to them while brandishing the weapon.
A waitress called police, who evacuated Denny’s and then attempted to take Burgess into custody at gunpoint. He was not compliant with the two officers, Nance said, even attempting to draw out the pistol from his waistband. “The officers were ready to shoot him,” Nance reported, but Burgess fumbled the weapon and it fell to the ground.
Burgess was arrested without further incident and booked into the jail.
Nance said the pistol Burgess had in his possession, as well as a .357 revolver found at a family member’s house where Burgess had been earlier, had both been stolen from a home in Elwood.
Burgess faces charges of Theft of a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by an Intoxicated Person, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, four counts of Aggravated Assault, Brandishing a Firearm and Intoxication. It was also discovered that the suspect has a $5,000 warrant out of West Valley City for Child Abuse.