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Police make arrest after fatal West Valley shooting

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Posted at 7:39 AM, Mar 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-11 13:14:44-04

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- Police have arrested a man deemed a person of interest in a fatal shooting that happened near 2400 South and Redwood Road late Sunday night.

Police arrested Roberto Tolajo Romero, 60, and recovered a weapon they believe to be the one used in the shooting. Romero told police he had an argument with the victim and then shot him, according to a news release from the West Valley City Police Department.

Police were notified about the shooting around 11:30 p.m. The victim was a 40-year-old Hispanic man. Police said multiple rounds were fired inside the residence where the victim was found.

"What we've learned is that the house has kind of been subdivided out a little bit. There are different people renting different rooms," said Sgt. Jason Hauer, West Valley City Police Department, on Monday morning. "Some of them may have heard what happened or seen what happened. We're trying to identify those people right now."

Hauer said some of the people who live in different parts of the house don't know each other, which has caused some complications in their investigation.

Police said the shooting was an isolated incident and they don't believe others living in the area are in danger.

They believe the suspect and the victim were both living at the residence, but their connection or relationship isn't clear.

One lane of Redwood Road was closed as officers conducted their homicide investigation.

Police know the identity of the victim, but they have not released that information to the public.