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West Jordan police looking for Cadillac with rear end damage involved in early morning homicide

Posted at 7:13 AM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 13:52:48-05

WEST JORDAN, Utah — West Jordan police are investigating an early morning homicide and asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect vehicle.

Officers were sent to Sparrowtail Road in the area of 6900 South and 5200 West around 2:20 Thursday morning on reports of several shots being fired.

When they arrived on scene, they saw a Mercedes utility van and a body in the street next to it.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was already deceased from at least one and possibly multiple gunshot wounds.

Detectives say it appears as though the fatal shots were fired from someone inside of a silver Cadillac sedan, possibly a CTS model.

They also say that at some point after those first shots were fired, the driver of the Mercedes van rammed the rear end of the Cadillac before it fled the scene.

A neighbor who was awakened by the gunfire looked outside.

“I came to the front and saw a big, black van,” Cami said. “I saw a younger man get out of the van. He went down, he got up, he walked back, he walked back again and he went down again.”

Police believe it was a targeted attack.

"We don’t believe it was random,” said WJPD Lt. Richard Bell. “We don’t think anybody in the area has anything to worry about.”

Lt. Bell praised the people in the area for their cooperation.

“This is a relatively quiet, residential neighborhood and the neighbors have been very helpful, very forthcoming, providing us with information and tips.” he said. “There’s an individual who called 911 that provided some good information and a good starting point for us to begin this investigation.”

Police say they are now looking for that Cadillac and it is likely to have some pretty significant rear end damage.

Homicide detectives are reviewing doorbell camera video from a neighbor’s home.

If anyone has any additional information you’re asked to call West Jordan police at 801-840-4000.