HYRUM — Sheriff’s deputies say a Hyrum man is dead after he and his brother-in-law got into an argument that escalated into one man shooting the other. Now deputies are trying to determine if the shooting was a homicide or self-defense. The shooting was reported Tuesday afternoon, near 84 North 600 East.
Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson said investigators are not sure what the two middle-aged men were arguing over. Both men reportedly had handguns and during the fight, the brother-in-law shot the homeowner.
“One of the individuals was shot,” said Peterson. “He has died from the injuries. We do have the other individual in our custody right now. He is not under arrest at this point but he is being detained and questioned on the incident.”
Both men are from the valley. The identity of both the victim and shooter has not been released, pending notification of family.
Peterson said a crime scene investigation is being conducted inside and around the home. Additional investigators from the Utah Attorney General’s Office, Weber County Crime Investigation Unit and the Cache County Attorney’s Office were helping.
“We have several questions that we still have to answer,” said Peterson. “We are going to be processing the scene for a long time, several hours still and were going to make the best decision we can, based on the investigation.”
Peterson said when deputies arrived at the home, the shooter surrendered without incident. He and two other people who witnessed the shooting were cooperating with investigators. One of the witnesses is reportedly the wife of the victim and sister of the shooter.
The identities of both men are expected to be released Wednesday morning.
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