Suspected shooter in Sugar House killing may not face charges

Detectives are working with Salt Lake County prosecutors “to evaluate if the use of force was criminal.”

(Salt Lake City Police Department) Police continue to investigate a fatal shooting in Sugar House early Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023.

It remains unclear if the 46-year-old man who fatally shot another man in Sugar House early Thursday will face criminal charges.

The shooting was reported to police shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday, near 1100 East and Simpson Avenue, by Fairmont Park. When officers arrived, they found 34-year-old Tayvin Troy Brandon wounded.

Brandon was taken to a hospital, where he later died, police said.

The suspected shooter, whose name has not been released, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, according to police. He has not been arrested, and the gun that investigators suspect was used in the shooting was recovered.

It’s unclear what circumstances led up to the shooting, and whether or not detectives are investigating if the killing may be considered as self-defense.

“Homicide detectives will work with the district attorney’s office to evaluate if the use of force was criminal,” police said in a news release Friday. “This process is standard in any death investigation.”

The shooting marked the 15th homicide in Salt Lake City this year, according to police.