UPDATED: Man in custody after shooting brother at Summit County hotel, police say
A 32-year-old South Jordan man is in custody after, authorities say, shooting his brother following a drunken dispute early Sunday morning in a Summit County hotel.
According to a press release from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the victim, 35, contacted police at approximately 2:45 a.m. to report the shooting, which occurred at the Westgate Park City. The Sheriff’s Office and Park City Police Department responded to the incident.
Officers met with the victim and his family in the pool area of the hotel, according to a probable cause statement. His fiancé and two sons, ages 14 years and 3 weeks old, were also there.
One bullet struck him in the buttocks, and officers found another lodged in the wall of a room in the hotel. Emergency responders treated the victim at the scene. But, he was later taken to a hospital in the Salt Lake Valley with injuries that were not life threatening.
Officers found the suspect, along with his fiancé and 2-year-old daughter, in the hotel room, the statement shows. Deputies found a handgun on the living room table, two spent shell casings and droplets of blood on the floor in the living room.
The suspect’s fiancé allegedly told deputies that the two men were arguing about the victim wanting to leave with his family before the shots were fired, the statement indicates. She said that all the adults were consuming alcohol.
The woman said she was in the living room while their daughter was asleep in the bedroom when the shots were fired, according to the statement. The suspect’s teenage son had left the room when the argument started because he “doesn’t like conflict” between the two men, the statement shows.
The suspect was booked into Summit County Jail on suspicion of several crimes, including attempted homicide, domestic violence in the presence of a child and intoxication. As of Tuesday morning, he was being held on $100,000 cash bail. Formal charges had not been filed.
Jennifer McDonald, a self-described lifelong Republican, was selected as the Summit County Republican Party chair last week.