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Updated: Clarkston man arrested after reported wild shooting spree

Deputies believe Spice a factor; goat shot in frenzy

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Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 7:44 pm | Updated: 11:12 am, Sat Sep 11, 2010.

CLARKSTON — Cache County Sheriff’s officials say no one was hurt Friday afternoon when a Clarkston man who was reportedly intoxicated from smoking Spice started firing a .22-caliber handgun inside and outside a home near 100 West and 300 South.

Deputies used a Taser and a nonlethal bean bag round to subdue 29-year-old Ryan Lee after he refused to cooperate with law enforcement who arrived on scene just after 5 p.m., according to Sheriff’s Lt. Chad Jensen.

Initial reports indicate Lee was at a friend’s home smoking the substance in an outbuilding. Jensen said Lee and the friend got into a verbal argument before Lee went into the home and fired two shots. He then allegedly went outside and continued firing, shooting the friend’s goat. The animal was taken to a vet clinic by animal control officers.

“The homeowner called and said his friend was smoking Spice and had gone off and was acting crazy,” said Jensen. “He got a .22 pistol and took a couple of shots inside the house and then went outside and took a couple more shots. That’s when the suspect shot the complainant’s goat.”

It was not immediately known how much Spice sheriff’s officials believe the suspect smoked.

Jensen said Lee was acting aggressively outside the home, kicking over gas cans in an outbuilding and screaming about the placement of a nearby camping trailer.

“Then he walks over to a 14-foot camp trailer and was screaming that the trailer needed to be moved and was trying to pick it up on his own,” he added. 

Law enforcement and paramedics assembled at the Clarkston Fire Department and were given instruction by emergency dispatchers not to use sirens in an effort to avoid aggravating the suspect.

Jensen said the suspect was “non compliant and combative.”

Deputies gave Lee orders to drop the gun before trying to impact him with a Taser, Jensen said.

“He wouldn’t drop the gun so they shot him with a Taser,” said Jensen. “But only one barb got him so that wasn’t effective, and he stepped behind a three-rail fence, which didn’t give them another shot.”

Jensen said deputies then used a bean bag round from a firearm to subdue Lee, who was then apprehended and taken into custody.

Lee was reportedly argumentative with deputies even after being handcuffed; he was transported to Logan Regional Hospital for a medical evaluation.

He was arrested on multiple counts, including public intoxication, cruelty to animals, reckless endangerment, possession of a dangerous weapon by an intoxicated person, discharging a firearm, psychotoxic chemical abuse and interfering with and arresting officer.

Saturday morning the suspect was in custody at the Cache County Jail, ordered held on a $10,345 bail.

Jensen said Lee fired a total of six or seven shots from his handgun. No homes were hit by the bullets.

Investigators secured the area near the home throughout Friday evening to collect evidence from the scene. An investigation into the event is ongoing.




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  • newsshmooze posted at 3:13 pm on Thu, Sep 23, 2010.

    newsshmooze Posts: 3

    I don't know Mr Lee, but this isn't the first time i've heard about his temper getting him into trouble when he's hammered. I sure would like to know what exactly was found in his system cuz my bet is that there wasn't a trace/metabolite containing Spice.

  • With Lee posted at 4:43 pm on Thu, Sep 16, 2010.

    With Lee Posts: 1

    The herald news along and with channel 2 news are not giving you half the facts.
    I was with Lee at the time of the incident and was with him proir to it as well. The media is trying to use Lee as a poster boy for spice. I know for a fact that Lee did not smoke any spice. He was extremely intoxicated off alchohol. Lee is my friend but he is a drunk and an alchoholic. He drank way to much that day and just completely went bezerk. The resident was smoking Spice. NOT LEE, If you are going to keep on blogging about this, call him a drunk, and do not blame this on Spice. I would also like to add that I am against spice and dont condone the use of it.....and niether does Lee. Someone should invesstigate the other guy on spice and make him the poster boy. Lee is a good man Sober, but a complete moron when drunk,

  • ecsystem posted at 1:08 pm on Wed, Sep 15, 2010.

    ecsystem Posts: 92

    The question is whether or not Mr. Lee was intoxicated on some other substance. The article states he was taken to the hospital for an evaluation so a blood test must have been taken to find out if there where other factors than spice contributing to his behavior. Is this all the hj is going to do to cover this story. It's obvious they are withholding details about the incident. HJ, and the police need to prove that spice was the only factor in this whole debacle.

  • Clarkston Resident posted at 11:59 am on Tue, Sep 14, 2010.

    Clarkston Resident Posts: 1

    you all the know the saying "there is almost always more to the story" Well in this case there definitely was! I hope I wasn"t the only one that noticed that when it appeared on KSL news that the so called " complainant" wouldn't let his face be shown. Do you think thats fair for the "compainant" to get off scotch free? I was one of many people that were there and the "complainant" was so busy hiding his spice so he could tell more lies about Mr. Lee. I agree Mr. Lee had a complete black- out because he was drinking heavily and I am not condoning that, but HJ and KSL both need to get their facts sraight!!! I hate spice, but as a friend to both of them, I can honestly tell you Lee was not smoking even though he had been offerered by the complainant many timesand they both were extremely inebriated! The number of shots fired too, were ridiculous. Get your facts straight before you have the poor old lady next door a mass murderer.

  • Keisha91 posted at 12:16 am on Mon, Sep 13, 2010.

    Keisha91 Posts: 10

    Personally...I agree with Wildlife06!! screw all you other people who are making it seem like spice is so wonderful!! obviously you're backing spice up because you smoke it! Grow up! k??[beam]

  • KijoJoou posted at 11:49 pm on Sun, Sep 12, 2010.

    KijoJoou Posts: 3

    Spice reportedly does not have these kind of effects. It's said to speed up the heart rate and make people passive. It's not hallucinogenic or anything else. Stupid people do stupid things when they're consciously being stupid. I think that's what happened here. The guy just happened to be smoking spice at the time. If he were drinking alcohol instead, I bet this would not have gotten any media attention at all.

    I do feel bad for the goat. And the friend. But, I'm sure, this guy was just being a moron.

  • advoc8 posted at 9:15 pm on Sun, Sep 12, 2010.

    advoc8 Posts: 3407

    And don't forget, his friend was covering for the goat...

    Come on, HJ, no udate on the goat???

    Wait, they said "...cruelty to animals..." Yes, plural. Maybe the friend was really just another goat, the one he liked most?

  • Homo Sapien posted at 2:51 pm on Sun, Sep 12, 2010.

    Homo Sapien Posts: 1254

    I can see it now, George Clooney stars in: Men Who do Spice and Shoot at Goats

  • Cliquue posted at 10:04 pm on Sat, Sep 11, 2010.

    Cliquue Posts: 141

    Okay lets cut the crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![beam] Sharpen your knives we're huntin goats that are bogarting his spice! LOL! [beam]

  • advoc8 posted at 8:00 pm on Sat, Sep 11, 2010.

    advoc8 Posts: 3407

    Maybe the goat was bogarting his weed, er, um, I mean spice!

  • advoc8 posted at 7:59 pm on Sat, Sep 11, 2010.

    advoc8 Posts: 3407


    Oh.... you like goats too[wink]

  • Cliquue posted at 6:29 pm on Sat, Sep 11, 2010.

    Cliquue Posts: 141

    Just curious........Have you researched the fatalities from Robitussin, Benadryl, alcohol, and others to see if they might need to be banned first? Maybe others present a higher likelihood for death or violence? Just wondering'

  • widlife06 posted at 11:26 am on Sat, Sep 11, 2010.

    widlife06 Posts: 1

    Okay lets cut the crap. First of all did you do your research Clarkston is 30 min from Logan and you can have lots of "what if's" on the Ryan Lee of what he was capable of doing at this time because they didn't know what he had been drinking or taking and how much. . I mean come on he thought he could lift the trailer out of his way. Really in all reality that cant be done. It was a man not a women it clealy states that and every situation is different that we may not know all the details. I feel bad for the friend's goat, but in real life there are children, elderly people, and adults all around that neighborhood just so glad that nobody got hurt including his friend that he was so angry with. I really think they need to ban spice cause as you can clearly see it's has high risk. I think everybody involved handled this really well.

  • advoc8 posted at 1:11 am on Sat, Sep 11, 2010.

    advoc8 Posts: 3407

    Maybe the goat just wouldn't cooperate...

    Where was SWAT when you need the most!

    (If Lee had been a woman this would have all been the friend's fault - there's always a man to blame for whatever SHE does... Anyone ever notice that theme in violent crimes around the country by women? Same screwy phenomenon happened Thursday when the Layton mom strangled her two kids... "Must be a bad dad behind this one folks..." Imagine that. Or, when the teacher raped the 13 year old student and then years later HE goes to jail for failing to pay his rapist child support - has happened in more than one case - I would be darned surprised if it hasn't happened right here in Happy Valley too...)

    Woops, sorry to digress into reality...

  • shdware posted at 12:40 am on Sat, Sep 11, 2010.

    shdware Posts: 986

    This could have been a horrible situation. If someone had to be shot with a bullet I'd rather it be the goat than his friend.

    I feel that this was handled well by the 5-0.

  • US Patriot posted at 9:31 pm on Fri, Sep 10, 2010.

    US Patriot Posts: 1079

    People get drunk and do dumber stuff than that everyday but no one says crap about that do they. The rapes, DUI’s, hit and runs, domestic violence and the broken homes. I don't see the rush to ban alcohol, but now we will see a mad dash to demonize Spice. It’s easy to see they have an agenda.

  • Rainking-66 posted at 9:27 pm on Fri, Sep 10, 2010.

    Rainking-66 Posts: 3

    All you crazy Spice smokers, will you leave the goats alone. I am a little surprised Ryan didn't end up in a body bag. For me, this is another example of the failed "war" on drugs. People smoke spice because cannabis is illegal. Maybe it is time to end cannabis prohibition? Cannabis is less harmful than tobacco and alcohol. Further, cannabis has proven medicinal properties. Why is consuming cannabis in the privacy of your own home illegal? Its a shame the federal government continues to arrest and jail non violent cannabis users. We spend billions on enforcement and incarceration while at the same time Mexican cartels make billions smuggling cannabis. Reminds me of the rising power of the mobs during alcohol prohibition. Thankfully, California is voting to legalize cannabis this November for all adults over 21. Enough with the lies and bs about cannabis.


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