Suspect arrested in shooting death in Murray

Alleged shooter tells police he argued with the victim about a vehicle.

The Salt Lake Tribune

A man died in Murray on Wednesday afternoon after being shot near 4500 S. Main Street, police said. The victim has been identified as 39-year-old Darnell Brown.

According to a probable cause statement, police received a report of a shooting and arrived to find Brown, who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, lying in the street next to his vehicle.

Multiple witnesses identified the alleged shooter and described the vehicle he was driving. Officers located the vehicle and obtained a search warrant for the home where it was parked. The 42-year-old suspect surrendered and, according to police, “made a spontaneous statement that he was going to call police and turn himself in.” The suspect told officers he shot Brown and that the gun he used was inside the home.

According to police, the suspect said he had argued with Brown about a vehicle, and that he had driven after Brown following the argument. The suspect said that he collided with Brown at 4500 S. State Street, and that as he drove past Brown’s car he fired his gun, killing him. A cell phone video confirmed that account, according to police.

One of several passengers in Brown’s car suffered a minor face laceration.

Pending formal charges, the suspect was booked into the Salt Lake County jail for investigation of homicide, a first-degree felony; multiple counts of aggravated assault and felony discharge of a weapon, third-degree felonies; and possession of a gun by a restricted person, a second-degree felony. He is being held without bail.

The Salt Lake Tribune generally does not name suspects until they have been formally charged.

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