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Layton man charged with attempted murder in shooting

By Mark Shenefelt - | Oct 12, 2021

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FARMINGTON — Prosecutors on Tuesday filed a first-degree felony attempted-murder charge against a Layton man who last week allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend’s new date and assaulted the woman.

Aaron Gaitan, 36, also was charged by the Davis County Attorney’s Office with third-degree felony use of a firearm by a restricted person in the incident at 10:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Gaitan is held without bail in the Davis County Jail pending his initial court appearance Friday.

A Layton police probable cause statement said the woman and a man who had just taken her to dinner were sitting in his truck in her driveway when Gaitan allegedly ran up, pulled open the driver’s door, threatened to kill the woman and beat the man on the head with a pistol barrel.

The woman tried to intervene and she was struck too, the affidavit said. Gaitan told the woman to go inside because he was going to shoot the man, then told the man to drive away, according to the affidavit.

The man backed out of the driveway, but Gaitan allegedly fired shots at the truck, prompting the man to drive back in, fearing Gaitan was going to harm the woman. Gaitan then allegedly ran up to the truck and fired through the passenger window, hitting the man in the thigh.

Officers were flagged down by people who had been alerted to the man bleeding from the leg wound. The man was taken by ambulance to a hospital and underwent surgery.

The arrest affidavit said Gaitan and the woman recently broke up after living together.

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