Police arrest suspect in Salt Lake City home invasion shooting

Jan 31, 2022, 10:09 PM | Updated: Jun 7, 2022, 3:12 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City police announced Monday they made an arrest in a home invasion shooting.

Charles Wight, 20, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

On Jan. 19, police responded to an apartment complex at 764 N. 900 W. on the report of a shooting.

According to jail booking documents, the victim told police at least two suspects kicked in the door and shot him from the doorway.

Police wrote that the victim said he believed one of the suspects was Wight, someone the victim stated previously had accused his juvenile brother-in-law of shooting Wight’s brother in a previous incident near Hunter High School.

It was uncertain which shooting near Hunter High School the probable cause statement was referencing.

Six days earlier, on Jan. 13, two teens were killed and a third was wounded in a shooting at 4100 South and Mountain View Corridor.

Police declined to confirm whether that was in fact the shooting incident in question.

Investigators were given screenshots from social media of Wight allegedly making threats to shoot that brother-in-law, according to the probable cause statement.

Detectives, the records stated, then compared photos of Wight from social media to a Washington state driver’s license photo to determine the images looked like the same person. They then found a phone number for Wight and secured a search warrant.

According to the documents, police used phone records to show Wight was within a few meters of the shooting at the time it was reported and left shortly afterward.

Police wrote that Wight was also being screened for alleged involvement in a carjacking of a black Ford Explorer that took place in West Valley City 20 minutes prior to the shooting. Witnesses stated that they saw a black Ford Explorer fleeing from the apartment complex after the shooting, the jail records stated.

Prior to Wight being arrested Monday, jail documents stated that he continued to send threatening messages to the shooting victim, stating that he was “coming back to finish the job and that this time he would kill the victim.”

Wight, as of Monday evening, was being held at the Salt Lake County Jail without bail.

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Police arrest suspect in Salt Lake City home invasion shooting