An Orem man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a Saturday night incident near Orem Community Park where he reportedly fired a revolver at another man and cut off the man’s ear.
Orem police officers responded to a home near 700 West and 300 South on a medical call following an assault, according to police reports. Officers found a 27-year-old man at the front door in a large pool of blood. Officers saw a Taurus .38-caliber revolver in a bedroom and later found it appeared to have four rounds expended. A knife covered in blood was also found on the west side of the house.
According to witnesses, there was an altercation between the injured man and Mackenzie Ulibarri, 30, reportedly over the injured man being impaired and singing too loudly. Witnesses said the two men entered the house and they heard three loud popping sounds, according to reports.
Ulibarri was then reportedly seen leaving the house out a back door, covered in blood and leaving a trail of blood behind.
Officers followed the trail to a residence about 600 feet away where the door handle was covered in blood. A K-9 was called to the scene to help clear the house. Ulibarri was found in the basement, where he had a large cut on his hand and other superficial wounds.
Both the wounded man and Ulibarri were taken the hospital. The wounded man suffered over 20 stab wounds, including one to his wrist that may lead to permanent disability, according to police. Ulibarri also reportedly chopped off the man’s ear, which was sown back on.
Ulibarri was later taken to Orem Police Department for questioning.
After being advised of his rights, Ulibarri said he and the other man had taken the hallucinogenic LSD and got in an altercation, according to police reports. Ulibarri said he was scared of the man’s actions and went into the house to grab his gun.
Ulibarri reportedly said he went to the house’s basement and fired four shots in an attempt to scare the other man, but the man wasn’t scared. Ulibarri used a cleaver from the kitchen and struck the other man with it multiple times, including when the other man was on the floor, reports state.
When officers asked Ulibarri about his intentions, he almost said he wanted to kill before saying he hit the other man because he was scared, according to police reports. Ulibarri reportedly stated he didn’t remember getting into the fight outside the house or entering the second residence where officers found him.
Police arrested Ulibarri on suspicion of first-degree felony attempted homicide, second-degree felony mayhem and four counts of third-degree felony possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted individual. He was also arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor charges of assault, discharging a firearm without permission within 600 feet of a dwelling, domestic violence in the presence of a child, criminal trespass within a dwelling, possession of marijuana and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.