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Another man arrested in connection with man's death in Tooele; Original suspect has charges reduced

Posted at 10:52 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 09:09:27-04

TOOELE, Utah — Another suspect has been arrested in connection with the death of a Tooele man who police say was shot and killed during a robbery attempt.

Police arrested 23-year-old Austin Donavon Strehle last week on charges of homicide, robbery and burglary after they say he and a friend attempted to rob a house in Tooele but ultimately led to the other man's death.

But the homicide charge has now been lifted after further investigation.

According to court documents, Strehle and 24-year-old Devin Perryman entered the home near 350 N. Garden Street wearing masks and carrying firearms and demanded money, guns and drugs. Then, a person inside picked up a revolver and shot at the men, police say, which led to a gunfight resulting in Perryman's death.

Strehle reportedly fled the scene and later told police where the incident occurred, concerned that he was involved in the death of his friend. However, when police searched the address, they did not find Perryman's body.

Police later arrested Brandon Keith Burr, 38, on charges of obstructing justice and desecration of a body. He told police he was the one who exchanged gunshots with the attempted robbers. Police say he then collected the shell casings and with the help of another person, who was not identified by police, took Perryman's body to a remote location in Delle.