Sunset • Police suspect a drug deal gone wrong led to the death of one young man and the arrest of a 17-year-old male in the small Davis County town of Sunset.
Police said no further suspects were at large and there is no present danger to the community.
Sunset Police Chief Ken Eborn confirmed the victim was 19-year-old Hunter Woodson.
Eborn said police were called to a home at 1331 N. 400 West in Sunset at around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday on reports of shots fired. Officers responded quickly, as the station is about two blocks from the crime scene.
Eborn said when police arrived, they discovered Woodson dead from gunshot wounds.
Officers found a female witness who identified the suspect. Eborn did not know how many shots were fired or how many times Woodson was shot, but said the witness recalled that she heard three shots before she temporarily lost her hearing.
Police went to the suspect’s home in Layton, where the juvenile was arrested within about a half hour of the initial shooting report, Eborn said. The suspect’s identity was not released due to his age, Eborn said.
“Right now we have two crime scenes being investigated,” Eborn said.
On Tuesday evening, four officers stood in front of the Sunset home, which was wrapped in crime scene tape. The officers’ cars blocked the street off from motorists and pedestrians.
Eborn said Woodson lived in the Sunset home with his grandfather, who was not present at the time. The witness was a visiting friend. Eborn said Woodson and the suspect knew each other, but he didn’t know how well.
“We believe that the whole incident may be drug related,” Eborn said. “One of them was apparently upset with something they got from the other one, so they came back and he fired a gun.”
Eborn said police have located a gun in the Layton home believed to be the weapon used in the slaying, but testing has not been done to confirm that.
Eborn said homicides are rare in Sunset, and send a shock through the 5,200-person community.