Police: Deadly Salt Lake City Home Invasion Appears Drug-Related
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Police said an early-morning home invasion that led to the death of one of the suspects was appears to be drug-related.
Salt Lake City Police Department Lt. Dave Cracroft said four individuals forced their way into a home at 245 N. Rendon Court on Tuesday night. The occupants of the home then reportedly chased the suspects away while firing a gun.
“It appears the home invasion was drug related,” said SLCPD spokesman Sgt. Brandon Shearer. “It appears it was targeted — that home.”
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As the suspects were driving away, one of the home’s residents shot and killed the driver, authorities said.
The driver has been identified as Abubakar Mohammad, 18.
“I didn’t know if it was fireworks or gunshots,” said neighbor Carlyn Chester. “Then I thought, ‘No, that’s gunshots.’ And then probably a minute later, I heard another set of gun shots.”
Police said they received 911 calls at approximately 10:30 p.m. reporting gunfire and a crashed vehicle about a block away from the home invasion scene. The passengers of the vehicle had fled on foot, leaving Mohammad’s body inside.
The suspects who fled were later located and arrested at the North Temple TRAX station.
Detectives arrested two juveniles and one adult, Jordan Audinette, 18, and booked all three for investigation of aggravated burglary.
Officials are still questioning the alleged gunman.