Police Arrest 2 In Connection To Deadly Shooting In West Jordan
WEST JORDAN, Utah – Police have arrested two people in connection to a deadly shooting that happened Thursday in West Jordan.
Sarah Elaine Lobato, 20, of Kearns, and Jayton Merrill, 18, of Grantsville, were both taken into custody for investigation of murder and aggravated assault.
The incident happened at approximately 2 a.m. Thursday in the area of 7000 South and 5200 West, near Mountain Shadows Elementary School.
Neighbors said they heard a crash followed by the sounds of shots being fired. One person looked out a window after the commotion and saw a man dead in the street.
The victim was later identified as Raymond E. Ortiz, 39, of Santa Rosa, Calfornia.
According to arresting documents, police believe Lobato and Merrill arranged to meet Ortiz with “the intent to use premeditated violence,” possibly to take drugs from him.
Police said they believe Merrill shot Ortiz.
The two individuals were also in possession of more than 100 pounds of marijuana, according to a police affidavit.
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