Prosecutors: shooting in Park City occurred during fistfight
UPDATE: The victim of a gunshot in Park City early Monday morning died on Friday, the Park City Police Department said. Jose Fernandez was 37 years old and lived in Park City. According to PCPD, he was pronounced dead at a hospital in the Salt Lake Valley. The police received notification at 5:45 p.m.
The suspect in the shooting, James Henfling, is being held at the Summit County Jail on a charge of attempted murder. The police said the charge will be amended to reflect the death.
Summit County prosecutors on Wednesday formally charged a suspect in a Park City shooting with attempted murder, indicating that the man acknowledged the gunshot was intentional.
The prosecutors charged James Henfling, who is 27 years old and from Midvale, with a first-degree felony.
According to a charging document filed in 3rd District Court, Park City police officers were called to the 7-Eleven on Park Avenue early on Monday morning to check on a woman described as distraught. A Park City sergeant arrived at the convenience store and spoke to the woman. She told the sergeant her boyfriend, Henfling, shot a person.
The charging document says Henfling went to the convenience store shortly afterward in a pickup truck. The police ordered him out of the truck with guns drawn and detained him, the prosecutors say.
The police also responded to the condominium complex where the person was shot. The charging document says the victim, 37-year-old Jose Fernandez, was found on his back with a gunshot wound to the head that was bleeding heavily. He was having difficulty breathing and was taken to a hospital, according to the charging document. The police have said the injury is life-threatening.
Prosecutors say the suspect’s sister witnessed the shooting and that Henfling was read his rights before he told investigators the shooting was intentional. He used a .40-caliber pistol manufactured by Glock, according to the charging document.
Matt Bates, a Summit County prosecutor, said in an interview the people involved were gathering socially before the violence. He said Henfling and Fernandez were engaged in a fistfight inside the apartment at the time of the shooting. Bates was unsure what led to the fistfight. He said both of them are believed to have been drinking alcohol at the time.
The authorities are holding Henfling at the Summit County Jail. Bail is set at $250,000, cash only. Henfling has not entered a plea. An initial appearance is scheduled on Monday before Judge Paige Petersen.
The charge carries a prison sentence of three years to life upon conviction. One year could be added to a sentence since a gun was used.
The victim is a Park City resident. He works at No Name Saloon & Grill and Boneyard Saloon & Wine Dive. The owner of the restaurants has said Fernandez has been an employee for nearly nine years and is currently a full-time bartender and part-time manager.
Friends of Fernandez started to raise money for the victim and his family online through the GoFundMe website.
The website says he is in a surgical intensive-care unit.
"Jose is one of the good ones. His love for his family is unparalleled and when it comes to friends, he is all in," it says, adding that he has "touched and reshaped the lives of so many in our community."
"Whether he’s behind the bar pouring drinks or on the floor managing he is always taking care of business and making friends every step of the way," the website says. "He is the guy that will do everything he can for you."
The website says that several days prior to the shooting Fernandez’s wife told him she is pregnant.
Jesse Shetler, the owner of the No Name Saloon & Grill and the Boneyard Saloon & Wine Dive, said a fundraising event will be scheduled. Details were not immediately available.
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