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Fingerprint, social media post tie Syracuse man to alleged Ogden shooting

By Mark Shenefelt - | Mar 8, 2022


OGDEN — A fingerprint on a broken window led Ogden police to a suspect who allegedly shot a man in his home two months ago.

Police said in an arrest affidavit that a man living in the 300 block of Eighth Street and his girlfriend heard someone kicking or hitting the back door on Jan. 6. As the man got up to investigate, the couple heard the back bedroom window being broken in. They could not see the intruder, who fired three or four shots into the room, hitting the man in the abdomen and arm. At the hospital, the victim said he did not know who had attacked him.

Police saw blood in the bedroom, and crime scene investigators later reported that they found a fingerprint on the outside of the window allegedly matching those of Arthur Erskine, 38, of Syracuse. Prints on the inside matched the victim’s.

A pretrial detention request filed Tuesday morning in 2nd District Court said investigators found a threatening Facebook message allegedly from Erskine to the victim. “Mark my words next time u will die. Keep playing and next time it’s headshots,” the message said, according to the document. Erskine allegedly was angry about the victim’s supposed involvement with a woman.

Ogden officers said they arrested Erskine on Monday after Layton police called him in on an unrelated criminal investigation.

Erskine was booked into the Weber County Jail and ordered held without bail. The Weber County Attorney’s Office on Tuesday charged him with two counts of first-degree felony discharge of a firearm with serious bodily injury, plus a third-degree felony count of illegal firearm discharge.


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