Police arrest suspect they say fatally shot a man in West Valley City


    Police identified the 24-year-old man they say killed Manuel Garcia Jr. on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 as Robert DeHerrera. (Photo: KUTV)

    (UPDATE 11:59 p.m. Thursday) — Officers arrested Robert DeHerrera, the man they say fatally shot an acquaintance Wednesday night in West Valley City.

    (KUTV) — The search continues for a man who shot and killed an acquaintance on Wednesday night in West Valley City.

    Police identified the 24-year-old man they say killed Manuel Garcia Jr. as Robert DeHerrera.

    Police say DeHerrera and the victim were in the same car together along with a 20-year-old woman, who was in the driver’s seat when the shooting happened.

    The car came to a stop in a parking lot at 3030 West 3500 South just after 9 p.m. Wednesday.

    “We found a Hispanic male that was laying down on the ground kind of half in and half out of the car,” said Lieutenant Steve Burke with West Valley City police. “We don’t know exactly where the car was on the road when the shots were fired.”

    Police searched for a suspect in a fatal shooting in West Valley City on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. (Photo: KUTV)

    At about 4 a.m. Thursday, police spotted a car they believed may be carrying DeHerrera. When they tried to pull the driver over, they took off and led police on a chase through several cities, ending at 7350 South State Street in Midvale.

    “The car is going pretty fast and the car hits a curb and pops all four tires and takes out some of the vehicle parts as well, that brings it to a stop,” said Roxeanne Vainuku, a public information officer for the West Valley police.

    Vainuku said one person fled the car and the other two, a man and a woman were taken into custody.

    “We don’t know who the third person is in the car," she said. "Could be the suspect, could be someone else."

    Vainuku said police are hoping the public can help them locate DeHerrera.

    “We have a guy who is armed—we know this—and we know that he is willing to shoot someone that he knows," Vainuku said. "He is clearly a dangerous person and we want to get him off the street."

    The suspect was described as a 24-year-old Hispanic male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a slim build and a distinctive tattoo on the left side of his forehead.

    Police identified the 24-year-old man they say killed Manuel Garcia Jr. on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 as Robert DeHerrera. (Photo courtesy of West Valley City Police)

    Anyone with information about the suspect or his whereabouts is asked to contact West Valley police at 801-840-4000.


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