A 44-year-old Magna man was booked into the Salt Lake County jail early Saturday on suspicion of attempted homicide after he shot a man who he believed had sexually assaulted his partner, police said.
The suspect, Gerald Stanton, had gone to confront his male partner’s alleged attacker late Friday night at a residence near 8911 W. 3900 South, according to Unified Police. He brought his gun with him.
Stanton and the 41-year-old man began to argue, which soon escalated to violence as a physical struggle ensued, Unified Police spokesman Lt. Justin Hoyal said.
In the midst of the fight, Hoyal said, Stanton took out his gun and shot the other man in the stomach.
The shooting victim, who was not immediately identified, was transported to Intermountain Medical Center in critical condition.
He remained hospitalized Saturday afternoon — still critical, but stable.
Stanton had been the one to call police, Hoyal said. He, too, sustained injuries in the scuffle and was treated and released at the hospital before being booked into jail.
Police did not initially discover any evidence to suggest a sexual assault had taken place between the 41-year-old man and Stanton’s partner.
An investigation of the shooting remained underway Saturday.