Man arrested on suspicion of murder after shooting in Summit County

Posted at 9:15 AM, Oct 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-08 13:15:57-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — A man is behind bars after a deadly shooting in Summit County early Thursday.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office says James Ramsdell, 58, was arrested on multiple charges, including murder, discharging a firearm and intoxication in connection to the death of John Krieg of Park City.

Krieg's body was found with a single gunshot wound to his chest just before 7 a.m. by a woman walking her dog in the Highland Estates neighborhood. It's believed the body was lying outside for up to three hours.

Responding deputies later found Ramsdell, who had suffered a gunshot wound to his hand, as he was exiting a nearby home.

According to investigators, Ramsdell and the 50-year-old Krieg, who lived in the same home on Countryside Circle, had gotten into an altercation while drinking with another man. During the confrontation, a gun was pulled and the two men left the home and continued arguing.

Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez said Ramsdell shot and killed Krieg during the argument. He added that Ramsdell had accidentally shot himself in the hand, which caused his injury.

"Anytime that you are drinking heavily and you get into an argument, and then you introduce a firearm, it turned out to be a very bad day," said Martinez.

The two men had lived in the same home owned by Ramsdell for approximately a year, but the length of their relationship is not known.

Martinez said the third man in the home could face charges.