A SALT LAKE MAN REMAINED JAILED FRIDAY -- WHILE HIS 4-YEAR-OLD SON WAS IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY -- AFTER POLICE RESPONDED TO HIS HOME, WHEN NEIGHBORS REPORTED HE WAS DRUNK... AND FIRING A GUN.

POLICE SAY BRYSON LANCE, 28, WAS ON HIS FRONT PORCH DRINKING -- ABOUT 10:30 THURSDAY NIGHT -- WHEN A NEIGHBOR SUGGESTED HE TAKE THE YOUNG BOY INSIDE.

POLICE SAY LANCE WENT IN BRIEFLY, BUT WENT BACK OUTSIDE AND FIRED HIS SHOTGUN INTO THE AIR, SEVERAL TIMES.

THERE WAS NO PROPERTY DAMAGE AND NO INJURIES.

AFTER TAKING THE SUSPECT TO JAIL, POLICE WERE UNABLE TO LOCATE ANY OTHER RELATIVES TO CARE FOR THE 4-YEAR-OLD... SO HE WAS TAKEN TO THE CHRISTMAS BOX HOUSE SHELTER.