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Suspect in Vernal shooting charged with murder

Man died after being shot several times
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Posted at 11:05 AM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 13:12:45-04

VERNAL, Utah — A 31-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with a June 3 shooting in Vernal.

Christopher Travis Herrera had been identified as a suspect in the shooting and has been in the Uintah County jail since being arrested following a standoff with police after the shooting.

According to the Facebook post which announced the charge, further details will not be released at this time in the interest of maintaining integrity of the case and witness testimony.

Last Wednesday, police were dispatched to 250 West and 400 North in Vernal and officers found an adult male shot several times.

Officers identified a suspect and attempted a traffic stop but the suspect fled to a nearby residence.

Police attempted to negotiate with the suspect for two hours.

He exited the home and a police K9 was released and the suspect was taken into custody.

The suspect was given medical treatment at the scene and transported to a local hospital to be treated for bite-related injuries.

The investigation continues while additional witnesses are located and evidence is processed and evaluated.

The Vernal Police Department has made it clear the homicide is not connected to a reported gunshot at Uintah High School earlier the same day.