LOGAN — A judge has refused to lower bail for Luis Alvarez after his preliminary hearing was postponed. The 35-year-old Logan man is accused of shooting at another man outside an apartment in August.
Alvarez appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He’s charged with discharging a firearm, and two counts of obstructing justice, all second-degree felonies, and also two counts of possession of a firearm by a restricted person, both third-degree felonies and misdemeanor possession of a dangerous weapon.
According to police officers, a man claimed he got into a fight with the defendant and was shot at while fleeing the apartment complex near 255 West 300 North. SWAT Teams surrounded the apartment but later found the suspect at a home, two-blocks south.
During Tuesday’s court appearance, state attorney Spencer Walsh said there is surveillance video showing the suspect chasing after the victim, fumbling with a 9 mm handgun and then shooting it in the direction of the man. The bullet was allegedly found in the wall of a nearby senior living center. Police later found a sawed off shotgun in his residence.
Public defender Bryan Galloway said there was more to the allegations. He told the court that the victim had repeatedly harassed the defendant prior to the early morning August incident. He asked Judge Kevin Allen to lower Alvarez’s bail from $55,000, and allow him to be released while the case proceeds.
Judge Allen said he recognized that there were two sides to every story but refused to lower bail. He expressed concern that despite what happened before, the handgun was still allegedly fired and it could have potentially hurt someone. He ordered Alvarez to appear again in court October 4.
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