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Police investigating man's shooting death in Midvale as a homicide, asking public for information

FILE - Police say the fatal shooting that took a West Valley City man's life Saturday was a homicide.
FILE - Police say the fatal shooting that took a West Valley City man's life Saturday was a homicide.
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MIDVALE — Police say the fatal shooting that took a West Valley City man's life Saturday was a homicide.

After neighbors reported hearing a single gunshot about 8:20 p.m., Unified police responded to find 21-year-old Jordan Burtell Moulton dead in the corner yard of a residence at 142 W. Columbia Drive in Midvale, the agency said.

Because a gun was located under Moulton's body, his wound was initially thought to be "possibly self-inflicted," said Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke.

"But when detectives started looking at it, they said, 'No, this is definitely a homicide," Lohrke said. "So they processed the scene (and) talked to neighbors and witnesses in the area."

Neighbors reported hearing a vehicle leave the neighborhood about the same time as the shooting, but they were unable to give a description of it, Lohrke said. He was unsure Sunday whether there was any surveillance in the area that could be used by police.

"(We are) working with very limited information right now and asking for the public's help in solving this crime," Lohrke said.

He added that detectives from the agency's Violent Crimes and Metro Gang units are investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call Unified police at 801-743-7000. Tipsters may remain anonymous, Lohrke said.