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Signs of struggle inside WVC home where body found, police say

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Posted at 7:16 AM, Jul 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-25 23:19:02-04

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- A West Valley City male found dead in his home Saturday morning appears to have been shot in the head and detectives are investigating the death as a homicide, according to police officials.

West Valley City police were called to the area of 4200 South and Bluejay Street at about 1:14 a.m. on reports of shots fired. When officers arrived, neighbors directed them to a home in the area.

When officers arrived on scene at 4150 S. Bluejay Street, they saw an open sliding glass door in the backyard.

"The door led into the kitchen of the home where there were obvious signs that a struggle had taken place," according to a press release from West Valley City police.

According to the release, officers called out into the residence but received no response.

"Officers entered the residence to check for injured parties and discovered a deceased male with an apparent gunshot wound," the release states.

During the course of their investigation, detectives learned that up to three people forced entry into the residence and confronted the homeowner and victim.

The individuals were described as wearing all black with bandanas over their faces.

"One or more of the subjects is believed to have fired a gun multiple times inside the residence," the release states.

The individuals reportedly left the home in a dark-colored large suburban style SUV.

Investigators secured the home and executed a search warrant.

The victim's body was turned over to the medical examiner's office. An autopsy is anticipated to identify the male and cause of death.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call West Valley City police at 801-840-4000.