Prosecutors: shooting in Park City occurred during fistfight
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. A semiautomatic pistol was used, the charging document says. The prosecutors say 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.
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