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WEST JORDAN, Utah, June 8, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Police in West Jordan are trying to piece together the chain of events that led to the shooting death of a female home intruder early Friday morning.
West Jordan police officer Scott List told Gephardt Daily the occupants of the home were awakened at about 5:30 a.m. by the sound of their garage door opening and their dogs barking.
List said the 26-year-old husband grabbed a firearm and ended up confronting the intruder on the first floor of the home, located at 6846 Grevillea Lane (7605 South).
“There was some kind of altercation,” List said. “He fired at least one shot, and she has succumbed to those injuries. She is now deceased.”
The man told investigators he then heard the garage door open again, so there may have been a second person involved.
“And that’s about all we’ve got right now,” List said. “We are not ruling out that there are other people, but we don’t know that right now.”
No additional vehicle was found. In a later update, officers said they believe the woman — as yet unidentified — may have broken into the owner’s truck, parked outside the garage, and used his garage remote to open the door.
List said officers will also be investigating whether the woman and residents had any prior connection.
“Obviously, a citizen of Utah has a right to defend their property, especially when someone is in their home. We don’t know if there was a relationship in the past.”
No one in the house — the man, his 25-year-old wife, their child or his 58-year-old mother — suffered injuries.
The investigation is ongoing, List said.