Police Wednesday were hunting for two armed home invasion suspects, the day after they fled a Sugar House residence in a hail of gunfire when a resident surprised them with a pistol of his own.
Salt Lake City police Det. Josh Ashdown said investigators had little to describe the suspects except that they were believed to be young black males. A third suspect, who was shot in the knee by a male occupant, was treated Tuesday at a hospital and then released to police custody.
That man, Jahod Maurice Isaac, 26, of New Jersey, remained in Salt Lake County Jail Wednesday, booked on suspicion of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and class C misdemeanor driving on a suspended license.
Police initially had indicated they had four suspects in the Tuesday afternoon home invasion-turned-gunfight, but on Wednesday Ashdown said there were three — Isaac and two alleged accomplices who remained at large.
The incident occurred about 3 p.m. Tuesday when the trio apparently forced a fourth man to knock on the door of an apartment near 2300 S. Green Street and then forced their way inside. A man, a woman and a child were inside when the invaders barged in, brandishing firearms.
The man inside produced his own handgun and moments later bullets were flying, neighbors reported. At least one of the slugs went through a nearby apartment’s window, but no one else was hurt.
Police said Isaac was arrested after he showed up at a local hospital to be treated for his gunshot wound.
While investigators continued Wednesday to piece together the motive for the home invasion, gang involvement was being considered as a possible factor.
Witnesses told police that about 12 hours earlier Tuesday they had heard loud arguing from the same apartment where the shooting took place.
Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call police at 801-799-3000.