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1 dead, 1 in custody following West Valley shooting

WEST VALLEY CITY — Police say a Salt Lake man shot his friend several times, killing him during some kind of argument early Sunday.

Byron Williams, 25, was shot about 2 a.m. outside an apartment complex at 1821 W. Parkway Blvd. (approximately 2600 South), said West Valley police spokeswoman Roxanne Vainuku. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to the hospital where he died.

Police arrested Christopher Bonds, 26, for investigation of aggravated murder, obstruction of justice, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person and discharging a firearm. He was wearing clothing matching the description of the shooter that witnesses provided to police, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.

"(Bonds) took purposeful measures to conceal the location of the firearm from police," the report states.

A handgun was later found near the scene, according to Vainuku.

West Valley Police Lt. Steve Burke said Bonds and Williams were acquaintances.

"I was told that, at one point, they were friends," Burke said. "Something happened that kind of set this off, we just don't know what that is yet."

According to state court records, Bonds is currently facing a charge of possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana or spice, a class B misdemeanor. A warrant for Bonds' arrest was filed Sept. 30 when he failed to appear for a scheduling hearing.

A separate misdemeanor assault charge against Bonds was dismissed in August.

Bonds pleaded guilty in 2015 to possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony, and possession of a controlled substance, reduced from a first-degree felony to class A misdemeanor.


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