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Police identify Millcreek man accused of punching child and shooting at father over dirt bike noise

Police identify Millcreek man accused of punching child and shooting at father over dirt bike noise
Posted at 8:05 PM, Oct 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-14 20:07:31-04

MILLCREEK, Utah — A man was arrested Sunday night after police say he punched a child, fired gunshots at the child’s father and barricaded himself inside of his home in Millcreek.

On Monday morning, Unified Police identified the suspect as 61-year-old Richard Lindem.

According to Unified Police Department, the suspect was upset that two kids were riding a dirt bike in his neighborhood near 300 East and 4300 South (on Doreen Street). The suspect then allegedly confronted a 6-year-old boy and punched him multiple times in the head.

Officers on scene said the boy’s father confronted the suspect, who then drew a firearm and fired gunshots at the father. The father was not injured. The suspect then returned to his house and barricaded himself inside shortly after 3 p.m.

Fox 13 spoke with the boy’s father, Chris Ollerton, who said the man assaulted both of his sons.

“If he wouldn’t have pulled the gun on me, I would have tackled him and beat the crap out of him. He full-on pulled back and hit my kid, like he was a man – full on punched him,” Ollerton said. “That’s something you don’t want to see, as a father you want to protect, you know?”

“I went at it thinking, ‘I’m going to smash this guy,'" Ollerton continued. "You can’t do that to a child. Obviously, when he pulled the gun, it changed the story a bit."

Ollerton said he told his boys to run home and call 911, he said they were terrified their father was going to die.

As police arranged for a warrant and a SWAT operation around 5:15 p.m., a single gunshot was heard inside the home.

SWAT made forcible entry into the home and were able to locate and arrest the suspect just after 8:30 p.m.

Lindem faces a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment and felony charges of child abuse, aggravated assault and discharge of a firearm.