Man facing felony murder charge after shooting in Kearns Thursday night

One man was hospitalized and later died after a shooting in Kearns on May 20, 2021. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SCLScanner

KEARNS, Utah, May 21, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — A man is facing a felony murder charge after a shooting in Kearns Thursday night.

A probable cause statement from the 3rd District Court of Salt Lake County said James Tom Hollingshead, 58, is being charged with:

  • Murder, a first-degree felony
  • Obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony
  • Possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, a third-degree felony

Unified Police Department responded to a shooting that just occurred at 4069 W. 5500 South in Kearns at approximately 9:04 p.m., the statement said.

“The victim was shot multiple times and transported to Intermountain Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

“Witnesses on scene directed our attention to James Hollingshead reporting he was possibly the suspect,” the statement said.

Detectives went to Hollingshead’s residence in Draper. The suspect contacted 911 and reported he got into a dispute with a co-worker, and he had to defend himself, the statement said.

After being read his Miranda rights, Hollingshead allegedly admitted to shooting the victim three times in the chest. He threw three shell casings away in a gas station garbage can prior to returning home, the statement said.

According to the Unified Criminal Justice Information System, Hollingshead has been convicted of domestic violence and is therefore a category II weapons restricted person.

“Mr. Hollingshead is a weapons restricted person who reported he carries a firearm with him frequently,” the statement said.

The suspect was transported to Salt Lake County Jail, where he is being held without bail.


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