Suspect in Ogden storage unit slaying found, arrested
Ogden • Shawn Gerrald Boehme had been sought in death of Elgie Ray Mills Jr.
Published: June 5, 2014 09:30AM
Updated: June 5, 2014 09:31PM
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Shawn Gerrald Boehme ï Suspected of murder.

Ogden police have located and arrested a suspect in the shooting death of man whose body was found May 29 inside a storage unit.

Lt. Danielle Croyle confirmed that Shawn Gerrald Boehme, 45, was arrested in neighboring Layton late Wednesday night by officers of the Weber-Morgan Homicide Task Force.

Boehme, who during post-arrest questioning allegedly confessed to killing 43-year-old Elgie Ray Mills Jr., was booked into the Weber County jail on suspicion of criminal homicide. He was being held without bail on Thursday.

Croyle said Boehme told detectives that he and Mills were friends, but had gotten into an argument over undisclosed issues that culminated in gunfire.

An autopsy performed by the state Medical Examiner’s Office determined the victim had multiple gunshot wounds to his body and that the manner of death was homicide, Croyle said.

Detectives had received information that led them to Boehme’s whereabouts, but further details on the investigation and arrest were not immediately released.

Ogden police had identified Boehme as a suspect not long after the body of Mills was found in the storage unit at 2930 Pennsylvania Ave. last week.

The suspect’s vehicle, a red 1989 Ford F-150 pickup truck, was later found abandoned in west Weber County.

Boehme has a substantial criminal history, mostly drug-related convictions, according to a search of Utah court records. His most recent conviction was in 2009, where he pleaded guilty to driving on a revoked license and having a “speed contest” on a highway, and several drug-related charges were dismissed. He was ordered to complete drug court in that case, according to court records.

Court records indicate that Mills was released from the Davis County jail on April 11, after being convicted of violating a protective order, interfering with an arresting officer and failure to stop at the command of police.

Mills’ other recent criminal history revolves primarily around multiple protection order violations over the last six years, according to court records..

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