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Two arrested after fatal shooting in Millcreek; police identify victim

MILLCREEK, Utah — Two men have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred in Millcreek Wednesday morning.

Unified Police have identified the deceased as 31-year-old Taylor Kauvaka of Salt Lake City.

The agency states two people have been arrested in connection with Kauvaka’s death: 18-year-old Alekzander Ethan May of Midvale and 19-year-old Edgar Esquivel of West Jordan. Both men were booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.

Sgt. Melody Gray of the Unified Police Department said they were called to an apartment complex near 3900 South and 700 West around 2 a.m. on a call of shots fired.

“When officers arrived on scene they found a male in his 30s on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound,” Gray said. “They did CPR. Shortly after the fire department arrived and declared that man deceased.”

Police recovered the gun they believed was used in the shooting.

“We called in every K-9 unit in the city because of the large area,” Gray said. “There is a canal and a wooded area that we wanted to search, so we got as many dogs as possible to get out and search.”

Fox 13 News will update this story as more details emerge.

Ogden Police: Man shot, killed after attacking officers with weapon during burglary call in Roy

ROY, Utah — A call about a burglary with someone barricaded inside a room at a medical clinic ended with a deadly officer involved shooting in Roy early Wednesday morning.

Ogden Police state things began around 1:50 a.m. when an Ogden Police K-9 officer was called to assist Roy Police with a report of a burglary at Tanner Clinic, 3443 West and 5600 South in Roy.

“A caller reported that a suspect had broken into the medical clinic and the frightened caller was barricaded in a room inside the clinic,” the release states.

Officers decided to enter the building to protect that caller from possible violence, the press release states, and they deployed the K-9 inside and began searching for the suspected burglar.

Police say that’s when the male attacked officers “with a weapon at close range.” The Ogden Police officer fired several rounds.

The suspected burglar was hit and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The identity of the deceased has not yet been released.

The Weber County Attorney’s Office is conducting an investigation into the shooting.

Fox 13 News will update this story as more details emerge.

SLC Police release body cam from fatal officer-involved shooting that began with mental health call

WARNING: The videos embedded in this story show a fatal shooting. Viewer discretion is advised.

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City Police showed footage from a fatal officer-involved shooting that began with a mental health call earlier this month.

Michael Brand, 43, was shot and killed July 16.

During Friday’s press conference, police said reports indicated he was having a psychotic episode, “going off the rails and being kind of aggressive and threatening” to staff members.

Police released footage from three body cameras, which show several officers and a case worker making their way down the walkway of the fourth floor of the Sunrise Metro Apartments, where Brand lived.

The officers were on either side of the door and the case worker was in front of the door as an officer knocked. Brand opened the door and pointed what police “now believe to be a paintball gun” at the case worker and then the officers.

The videos show the case worker putting her hands up and backing away from Brand as soon as the door opens.

Brand’s hand extends out of the doorway holding the paintball gun, and then he steps out and appears to point the paintball gun at the officer on his left side as the case worker takes cover behind that officer.

One of the two officers on the other side of the door draws his weapon and fires several shots. Brand was hit and killed and an officer suffered a minor injury from those shots.

Approximately seven seconds elapses in the time between when the officer first knocks on the door and the first shots are fired.

The officer who fired has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigations into the incident.

There is an internal investigation as well as an outside investigation being conducted by Unified Police.

The leave and investigations are all standard procedure in an officer-involved critical incident.

An executive order from the mayor requires Salt Lake City Police to release body cam footage from any officer-involved critical incident within 10 days.

SLC Police to release body cam from fatal officer-involved shooting that began with mental health call

SALT LAKE CITY – Police will release body cam footage from a fatal officer-involved shooting that began with a mental health call in Salt Lake City earlier this month.

Michael Brand, 43, was shot and killed July 16.

Officers responding to a mental health call said at some point during the encounter Brand pulled out a weapon, and one officer fired at that point.

Brand was hit and killed and a police officer suffered a minor injury from those shots.

Salt Lake City Police will release the footage and other details from the shooting and events leading up to it in a press conference scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday. Fox 13 will stream that press conference on this page and on Facebook.

An executive order from the mayor requires Salt Lake City Police to release body cam footage from any officer-involved critical incident within 10 days.

Watch Live: SLC Police to release body cam from fatal officer-involved shooting that began with mental health call

SALT LAKE CITY – Police will release body cam footage from a fatal officer-involved shooting that began with a mental health call in Salt Lake City earlier this month.

Michael Brand, 43, was shot and killed July 16.

Officers responding to a mental health call said at some point during the encounter Brand pulled out a weapon, and one officer fired at that point.

Brand was hit and killed and a police officer suffered a minor injury from those shots.

Salt Lake City Police will release the footage and other details from the shooting and events leading up to it in a press conference scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday. Fox 13 will stream that press conference on this page and on Facebook.

An executive order from the mayor requires Salt Lake City Police to release body cam footage from any officer-involved critical incident within 10 days.

Woman dead, 2 injured after man opens fire inside car in West Valley

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — One woman is dead and two others were injured in a shooting Saturday night inside a car near 2700 West and 3100 South.

Police have arrested Jayson Chase, 38, on charges of murder, aggravated assault, discharge of firearms, obstruction of justice and possession of a firearm by a restricted person, according to court documents.

Angela Montoya, 34, was killed in the shooting, according to West Valley City Police.

Police say Chase was in a  green Cadillac sedan when he shot Montoya and two others in the car with them.

After investigating multiple witness accounts and physical evidence, police say they determined Chase was in the back seat with Montoya and one other person and shot them both — Montoya in the head and the other in the shoulder.

Police said the driver was also shot in the shoulder but drove to another location and left the vehicle. Police say the driver was a female and that they have not located her yet.

Another person then reportedly got in the driver’s seat, drove to seek help for Montoya and flagged down police in person. Montoya was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told police that the second gunshot victim ran from the vehicle immediately to find help. Police did not release the individual’s name, but they did say a 15-year-old boy entered a nearby gas station with a gunshot wound to his shoulder.

The front seat passenger was not injured.

According to the police report, Chase later called 911 from another gas station at 3500 South and 3200 West and said people were chasing him. When officers arrived, he told them he had a gun but discarded it at a nearby construction site. Police have not located the gun yet.

Anyone with surveillance footage or additional information about the incident is asked to call WVCPD.

Police arrest teenager suspected of accidentally shooting and killing brother in Millcreek Canyon

MILLCREEK CANYON, Utah — Police have arrested a man on suspicion of shooting and killing his 17-year-old brother Millcreek Canyon Friday afternoon. Officers said it’s unclear whether the shooting was intentional and that the preliminary investigation shows there was some sort of struggle over the gun when it went off.

Emilio Madrigal-Rios, 19, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on felony manslaughter and obstruction of justice charges. Officers said after the shooting, Madrigal-Rios threw the gun into the bushes.

The Unified Police Department responded to reports of a male teen with a gunshot wound at approximately 2:30 p.m. near the Rattlesnake Gulch trailhead.

Unified Police said people nearby administered medical aid until emergency crews arrived. The department is not releasing the identity of the victim at this time due to his age.

According to police records, Madrigal-Rios had been arrested about a month ago, accused of threatening a pedestrian with a loaded handgun.

Hannah Thornton, who works as a toll booth attendant at Millcreek Canyon, said dozens of cars drove past the scene and reported it to her.

“They told me that someone was really hurt on the side of the road, and everyone at the canyon just figured it was like a hiking accident, like maybe he had fallen off a cliff or something?” she described. “Just heartbreaking to hear. I never expected that to be part of this job at all… Especially because he’s so young. I don’t know, it’s just hard to see that kind of stuff.”

Hikers on Saturday said they had no idea there had been a crime scene less than 24 hours ago at the trailhead.

“I thought it was just going to be a nice day, just walk around, not hear any bad news,” hiker Gary Winthrop said. “Just scary. So close to home, and you’d never know. It’s a good community.”

Police said at first they investigated the case as a suicide, another type of tragedy officers have seen before at Millcreek Canyon.

“It really affected everybody up here. The mood of the canyon yesterday was just gloomy,” Thornton said.

The investigation is ongoing. Formal charges are expected to be filed early next week with the District Attorney’s Office, police said.

Anyone with additional information should contact the Unified Police Department.

Family of man fatally shot by passerby during assault in Provo posts letter to community

PROVO, Utah — The family of a man who was shot and killed by a passerby who witnessed an assault in Provo has written a letter to the community and police department.

Provo Police posted the letter Monday.

The letter comes after Jeremy Sorensen was shot and killed in Provo by a passerby who said he saw Sorensen assaulting a woman on a driveway. The man shot Sorensen after warning him to stop the assault, police said. 

The letter from the Sorensen family states they are deeply saddened by his death, and they thanked the witnesses at the scene and responding police officers.

“We trust and are hopeful that honest and just conclusions will be made by the Utah County Attorney’s Office from the evidence gathered by the police,” the letter states in part.

The full text of the letter as released by Provo Police is reproduced below:

We are deeply saddened over our son Jeremy’s death and the circumstances under which it occurred.

We appreciate the efforts of those who witnessed the shooting and ran to Jeremy’s assistance until police and emergency vehicles arrived. We also honor their courage in providing evidence during the investigation.

We appreciate the police officers who responded to the crime scene and the compassion they showed toward our son.

We are grateful for the dedication and openness of the Provo Police Department throughout the investigation.

We trust and are hopeful that honest and just conclusions will be made by the Utah County Attorney’s Office from the evidence gathered by the police.

Sincerely,
Mr. and Mrs. Sorensen

Hikers react to fatal shooting in Millcreek Canyon; suspect arrested

MILLCREEK CANYON, Utah — Police have arrested a man on suspicion of shooting and killing his 17-year-old family member in Millcreek Canyon Friday afternoon.

Emilio Madrigal-Rios, 19, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on felony manslaughter and obstruction of justice charges.

The Unified Police Department responded to reports of a male teen with a gunshot wound at approximately 2:30 p.m. near Rattlesnake Gulch trailhead.

Police are not releasing the identity of the victim due to his age, but said the victim and Madrigal-Rios are related. Officers described the shooting as a “struggle” over the gun.

Unified Police said people nearby administered medical aid until emergency crews arrived. The 17-year-old male victim succumbed to his injuries.

According to police records, Madrigal-Rios had been arrested about a month ago, accused of threatening a pedestrian with a loaded handgun.

Hannah Thornton, who works as a toll booth attendant at Millcreek Canyon, said dozens of cars drove past the scene and reported it to her.

“They told me that someone was really hurt on the side of the road, and everyone at the canyon just figured it was like a hiking accident, like maybe he had fallen off a cliff or something?” she described. “Just heartbreaking to hear. I never expected that to be part of this job at all… Especially because he’s so young. I don’t know, it’s just hard to see that kind of stuff.”

Hikers on Saturday said they had no idea there had been a crime scene less than 24 hours ago at the trailhead.

“I thought it was just going to be a nice day, just walk around, not hear any bad news,” hiker Gary Winthrop said. “Just scary. So close to home, and you’d never know. It’s a good community.”

Police said at first they investigated the case as a suicide, another type of tragedy officers have seen before at Millcreek Canyon.

“It really affected everybody up here. The mood of the canyon yesterday was just … gloomy,” Thornton said. “I guess everyone does their freaky stuff up the canyon, you know what I mean?”

The investigation is ongoing. Formal charges are expected to be filed early next week with the District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with additional information should contact the Unified Police Department.

Hikers react to fatal shooting in Millcreek Canyon; suspect arrested

MILLCREEK CANYON, Utah — Police have arrested a man on suspicion of shooting and killing his 17-year-old family member in Millcreek Canyon Friday afternoon.

Emilio Madrigal-Rios, 19, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on felony manslaughter and obstruction of justice charges.

The Unified Police Department responded to reports of a male teen with a gunshot wound at approximately 2:30 p.m. near Rattlesnake Gulch trailhead.

Police are not releasing the identity of the victim due to his age, but said the victim and Madrigal-Rios are related. Officers described the shooting as a “struggle” over the gun.

Unified Police said people nearby administered medical aid until emergency crews arrived. The 17-year-old male victim succumbed to his injuries.

According to police records, Madrigal-Rios had been arrested about a month ago, accused of threatening a pedestrian with a loaded handgun.

Hannah Thornton, who works as a toll booth attendant at Millcreek Canyon, said dozens of cars drove past the scene and reported it to her.

“They told me that someone was really hurt on the side of the road, and everyone at the canyon just figured it was like a hiking accident, like maybe he had fallen off a cliff or something?” she described. “Just heartbreaking to hear. I never expected that to be part of this job at all… Especially because he’s so young. I don’t know, it’s just hard to see that kind of stuff.”

Hikers on Saturday said they had no idea there had been a crime scene less than 24 hours ago at the trailhead.

“I thought it was just going to be a nice day, just walk around, not hear any bad news,” hiker Gary Winthrop said. “Just scary. So close to home, and you’d never know. It’s a good community.”

Police said at first they investigated the case as a suicide, another type of tragedy officers have seen before at Millcreek Canyon.

“It really affected everybody up here. The mood of the canyon yesterday was just … gloomy,” Thornton said. “I guess everyone does their freaky stuff up the canyon, you know what I mean?”

The investigation is ongoing. Formal charges are expected to be filed early next week with the District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with additional information should contact the Unified Police Department.