Deputies: Eagle man beat 84-year-old relative, threatened with gun

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Deputies: Eagle man beat 84-year-old relative, threatened with gun

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by Kim Fields

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KTVB.COM

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 12:41 AM

EAGLE -- An Eagle man accused of firing several shots inside a home Tuesday night appeared in court today.

Police say Gregory Vietz threatened an 84-year-old man and they needed a police K9 to subdue him. He was charged with aggravated assault and battery after a standoff at a home on East Lennox Court.

During today's arraignment Vietz's attorney said he has never been convicted of a crime.

A judge ruled that Vietz cannot have any firearms and set his bond at $300,000.

Eagle Police and Ada County Sheriff's deputies were called to the home in the 2400 block of East Lennox Court for a report of a man acting irrationally and threatening to harm himself.

Deputies say Vietz and his 84-year-old relative were inside the house. They say Vietz pointed a gun at the elderly man and threatened to harm him. Deputies say Vietz fired a gun, shooting five to eight rounds into a wall. Vietz is also accused of physically battering the elderly man, causing minor injuries.

Deputies were able to reach the 84-year-old by phone and encourage him to leave the house. With the 84-year-old safely outside, police attempted to talk with Vietz. After about two hours, Vietz agreed to come out of the home. 

However, police say after Vietz exited the front door, he refused to cooperate with their commands. A Garden City Police K9 was used to help apprehend him. Officers say Vietz attempted to keep the dog away by hitting and kicking the dog. At about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Vietz was taken into custody without further incident.

KTVB has learned this is not the first time Vietz, who is an attorney from Eagle, has been arrested. In April 2011 he was charged with two counts of felony injury to a child.

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