Update: 2 charged with murder after woman dies in Taylorsville drive-by shooting

Euziel De La Torre. Photo Courtesy: Salt Lake County

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah, July 28, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — The Unified Police Department has made two arrests after a drive-by shooting that occurred earlier this month in Taylorsville, and more may be imminent, officials said.

Unified Police Sgt. Melody Gray said Saturday officers have arrested Euziel De La Torre, 20, of West Jordan, as well as a 16-year-old male who has not been named because of his juvenile status.

“These arrests came after over 30 hours of exhaustive work beginning the evening of July 26,” Gray said. “With the assistance of the West Jordan Police Department and the Metro Gang Unit the Unified Police Department was able to identify four individuals involved in this tragic incident. Both males have been charged with murder, and charges against the other two are currently under review.”

The incident on July 10 initially left the victim, Jawnie Wey, 48, in “very, very critical” condition, officials said.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera told Gephardt Daily at the time officials received a call of shots fired at about 5:30 p.m.

When officers arrived at the scene, near 4900 South and 1950 West, they located Wey severely wounded inside the home. She had been hit by shots fired into the residence from a passing vehicle.

Rivera told reporters, “The female had been shot and was transported in very, very critical condition to IMC. We called out our detective unit, and our investigators are looking at why this occurred, who was involved,” Rivera said.

Rivera said detectives interviewed everyone who could be a witness to the crime.

In a major event such as this shooting, the sheriff oversees UPD and speaks for the department, Rivera said. She made it clear, though, “this is a UPD investigation.”

Gephardt Daily will update this developing story as more information is made available.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here