Man in custody for late-night shooting in West Point

Sep 3 2012 - 11:25pm

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Davis County Sheriff’s officials investigate a shooting in West Point late Saturday night after the victim, a man in his early 30s, was taken to a local trauma center with a gunshot wound to his chest and blunt trauma to his face. Deputies detained and transported numerous people to the Sheriff’s Office West Point Substation for questioning.
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Davis County Sheriff’s officials investigate a shooting in West Point late Saturday night after the victim, a man in his early 30s, was taken to a local trauma center with a gunshot wound to his chest and blunt trauma to his face. Deputies detained and transported numerous people to the Sheriff’s Office West Point Substation for questioning.
SCOTT SCHWEBKE/Standard-Examiner
Davis County Sheriff’s officials investigate a shooting in West Point late Saturday night after the victim, a man in his early 30s, was taken to a local trauma center with a gunshot wound to his chest and blunt trauma to his face. Deputies detained and transported numerous people to the Sheriff’s Office West Point Substation for questioning.
SCOTT SCHWEBKE/Standard-Examiner
Davis County Sheriff’s officials investigate a shooting in West Point late Saturday night after the victim, a man in his early 30s, was taken to a local trauma center with a gunshot wound to his chest and blunt trauma to his face. Deputies detained and transported numerous people to the Sheriff’s Office West Point Substation for questioning.
SCOTT SCHWEBKE/Standard-Examiner
Davis County Sheriff’s officials investigate a shooting in West Point late Saturday night after the victim, a man in his early 30s, was taken to a local trauma center with a gunshot wound to his chest and blunt trauma to his face. Deputies detained and transported numerous people to the Sheriff’s Office West Point Substation for questioning.
SCOTT SCHWEBKE/Standard-Examiner
Davis County Sheriff’s officials investigate a shooting in West Point late Saturday night after the victim, a man in his early 30s, was taken to a local trauma center with a gunshot wound to his chest and blunt trauma to his face. Deputies detained and transported numerous people to the Sheriff’s Office West Point Substation for questioning.
SCOTT SCHWEBKE/Standard-Examiner
Davis County Sheriff’s officials investigate a shooting in West Point late Saturday night after the victim, a man in his early 30s, was taken to a local trauma center with a gunshot wound to his chest and blunt trauma to his face. Deputies detained and transported numerous people to the Sheriff’s Office West Point Substation for questioning.
SCOTT SCHWEBKE/Standard-Examiner
Davis County Sheriff’s officials investigate a shooting in West Point late Saturday night after the victim, a man in his early 30s, was taken to a local trauma center with a gunshot wound to his chest and blunt trauma to his face. Deputies detained and transported numerous people to the Sheriff’s Office West Point Substation for questioning.

WEST POINT -- A man was in custody without bail Sunday following a late Saturday night shooting here.

Karl Myles, 26, who police believe probably is from Sun Valley, Calif., was booked into Davis County Jail on Sunday without bail after police located and questioned him following the shooting that initially left a man in his early 30s in critical condition. The victim was reported to be in serious but stable condition Sunday night.

Myles was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a stolen firearm.

The incident happened in the 400 block of 2000 West just after 10 p.m. Saturday.

The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and trauma to the face, said Davis County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Harper at the crime scene.

A sheriff's office news release states that early indications are that the victim possibly was a member of an Ogden gang, but investigators had not yet confirmed this.

A large amount of evidence has been gathered and is being processed by the Davis County C.S.I. Unit," according to the release.

Harper said that around 8:30 p.m., dispatchers began receiving calls about a loud party at the house where the shooting later occurred.

Police went to the house and found 25 to 30 people inside. They did not find any alcohol violations and they left.

But at 10:08 p.m. dispatchers received reports of shots fired at the residence, and a Clinton police officer responded and found the victim.

Sheriff's deputies, who are trained as paramedics, arrived and began providing medical aid to the victim. He was taken to an area hospital where he was in a medically induced coma Sunday evening.

An eyewitness who called 911 to report the shooting, Don Charles Nebeker, of 2000 West, said he heard a gunshot, then another shortly after 10 p.m. He saw several people milling about in the driveway.

Nebeker went outside his home and looked down the street to see a person lying on a sidewalk.

The sheriff's news release states that when Davis County deputies first arrived on scene a minute after the call, they found a vehicle that appeared to have been involved in a motor vehicle crash in front of the residence.

Deputies and officers quickly detained three people in the vehicle, but it was later determined that these people were driving on 2000 West and a vehicle from the above residence backed out of the driveway and struck their vehicle.

The suspect vehicle that struck their vehicle had fled from the scene of the crash.

After investigating, police believed the suspect in the shooting ran east out the residence, hopping fences, and at some point, the weapon was discarded in someone's backyard, where it was later recovered.

Police determined that the driver who fled the scene was a friend of the suspect. He apparently became nervous, according to the release.

He and others, including the suspect and those who were at the residence at the time of the shooting, were later detained by deputies after police from several law-enforcement agencies arrived and established a perimeter.

Those police agencies were from Kaysville, Centerville, Clinton, Syracuse and Clearfield. They were assisted by members of the Utah Highway Patrol.

While at first police believed the friend to have played a role in the incident, they later concluded that the suspect had acted alone in the shooting.

Davis County Sheriff Todd Richardson said around midnight Saturday that those who had been inside the house where the shooting occurred were being uncooperative with the investigation.

There is no motive for the shooting at this time, police said. Charges will be screened and filed with the Davis County Attorney's Office.

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