UPDATE: Knife-Wielding Man Killed In South Salt Lake Shooting Identified

Knife-Wielding Man Killed
Photo Courtesy: Salt Lake County

SOUTH SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, March 14, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Police have identified a knife-wielding man killed in a shooting Friday evening in South Salt Lake.

Investigators tell Gephardt Daily David Antonio Trujillo, 68, who was armed with a knife, was shot and killed by a resident in the vicinity of 3973 S. 200 East around 8:30 p.m.

Gary Keller, South Salt Lake Police Public Information Officer, said the shooting took place when the 39-year-old male resident encountered Trujillo in the rear of his home.

Keller said an altercation ensued at which time Trujillo was shot. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police have not found a current address for Trujillo, but he did frequent various hotels and motels in South Salt Lake. A motive has not been determined for why Trujillo was armed with a knife in the backyard of the residence where the shooting occurred.

The shooter is said to be cooperating with police; his name will not be released at this time.

Keller said the case is under investigation and no arrest has been made. When the investigation has been completed the case will be turned over to the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office for screening.


  1. David Trujillo was at the Dawg Pound bar 2 hours before this happened. He asked us to call the police so he could confess to rape, murder and child molestation. I text the South Salt Lake Police Department and they were there in about 5 minutes. They took him outside to talk and just let him go. They never came back into the bar to interview any of us. They called me shortly after I left there at about 7:15 and said that he is mentally ill and they have received calls about him daily for the last two weeks. The address he was shot at is listed as his previous address less than a year ago. Seems to me like this could have been prevented.

  2. He is my children’s grandpa. He did previously live at the adress of where he was killed. He may have went there since he was close, he was also a Vietnam veteran of the Marines. So he may have spoke about that since he has ptsd. It doesn’t seem right to say he was there at the incident for no apparent reason. He is not someone I’d believe would brandish a weapon in plain sight without being provoked. He had mental illness but it’s all so hard to believe.

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