Two 20-year-old men and a 16-year-old boy are in custody after a man who came to the defense of his friend during a home invasion robbery was shot and killed in Salt Lake City on Saturday night.
On Sunday, Colton Beed was arrested for investigation of murder, two counts of aggravated burglary (first-degree felonies) and obstruction of justice (a second-degree felony). On Monday, Chase Anthony Chavira, was arrested for investigation of murder and two counts of aggravated burglary. A 16-year-old, whose name was not released because of his age, was also taken into custody.
According to court documents, Beed, Chavira and others went to 359 N. Star Crest Drive at about 8 p.m. on Saturday. They forced their way into the home and Beed “rummaged through the house looking for … drugs.”
Chavira “remained in the passenger seat of the sedan and acted as a lookout as other involved individuals armed with firearms and faces covered with ski masks forced entry into the side door of the residence.” A resident of the home hid and tried to call police “but could not get through” and, instead, contacted a friend, Mason Hunt, 26, who was working nearby.
Beed and the others left the residence, but decided to return. They stole a vehicle that was parked in the driveway and went back inside the house “and continued to rummage through property, taking drugs,” the “car and [drug] paraphernalia,” documents said.
At that point, Hunt arrived and “confronted” Beed “and others exiting the residence.” A “physical altercation” ensued and Hunt was “struck over the head and then shot.” The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he died.
According to police, Beed — after being advised of his rights — admitted he killed Hunt. Chavira admitted to acting as the lookout.