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Man killed in South Salt Lake backyard may have previously lived there

Police release few details about what led to killing by homeowner

A knife-wielding man shot and killed by a homeowner on Friday may have lived at one time on the property where he was killed.
A knife-wielding man shot and killed by a homeowner on Friday may have lived at one time on the property where he was killed.
Deseret News

SOUTH SALT LAKE — A knife-wielding man shot and killed by a homeowner on Friday may have lived at one time on the property where he was killed.

As recently as June of 2015, court records list the address for David Antonio Trujillo, 68, as 3730 S. 200 East.

Friday night, Trujillo was in the backyard of that address when the current homeowner found him. The homeowner, 37, told police he went to investigate a noise in his yard and was confronted by Trujillo, who was holding a knife, according to South Salt Lake police detective Gary Keller.

Keller said the "confrontation quickly escalated" and Trujillo was shot and later pronounced dead.

But South Salt Lake police are being mum about the circumstances that led to the killing.

"Somehow it went from investigate a noise to a person being shot. But I have no details on how that escalated or how it got to that point. I don't know if the guy rushed at him with the weapon or whatever it was. But something escalated. I don't have any information how the escalation occurred," Keller said Monday.

Investigators have not said what, if any, words were exchanged or threats made, or what kind of knife Trujillo was holding.

Keller also could not comment on whether Trujillo used to live at that address. He said Trujillo is from South Salt Lake and most recently was believed to be staying at various motels.

Court records show Trujillo had been in trouble several times over the past year.

In June of 2015, Trujillo was convicted in two cases: one for criminal mischief, a third-degree felony; and the other for attempted burglary, a third-degree felony that was amended to a class A misdemeanor. According to charging documents, Trujillo damaged a car in one case using a hammer. In the other, he broke into a business and caused some vandalism. Trujillo told police he "entered the business to rest and stated he had used methamphetamine prior to the incident," the charges state.

Trujillo pleaded guilty to DUI in January of 2015. He was placed on probation, but a warrant was issued for his arrest on March 4 of this year for failing to comply with the terms of his probation.

He also pleaded guilty to shoplifting and theft of services in November, possession of drug paraphernalia in 2007, took a plea in abeyance to public intoxication in 2003, was convicted of DUI in 2002, and pleaded guilty to shoplifting in 2001.

In addition, an aggravated assault charge, a third-degree felony, was dismissed in 2011, as well as a felony drug possession charge in 2007, according to court records.

The name of the homeowner who killed Trujillo had not been released as of Monday. Keller said the man was one of the first to call 911 after the shooting and has been fully cooperating with investigators. He was not arrested Friday.

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