Madison police officers arrested a Madison man after responding to a call of gunshots on the Heritage Trail near Vernon Street Sunday morning.
David E. Ulery, 51, was arrested on charges of felony criminal recklessness and public intoxication.
Police found Ulery and Trina D. Barrett on the Heritage Trail, walking east, according to the probable cause affidavit. Officers noticed Ulery’s eyes were bloodshot, that his speech was slurred and that he smelled of alcohol.
During a pat down, Patrolman Seth Melton found a Smith and Wesson .38 revolver in Ulery’s pocket. Ulery has a permit to carry a firearm, a police affidavit says.
Barrett told the officers she and Ulery had been south of the trail along the river when Ulery shot his gun at the water.
“During the transport (to jail), David admitted to shooting into the river and said he had been thinking about doing it for awhile and that he didn’t want to hurt anyone,” Melton said in the affidavit.
Ulery took a breathalyzer at the jail, which registered .25 percent BrAC. His weapon, ammunition and spent casings were taken as evidence.
Ulery was released from custody on his own recognizance Monday afternoon.