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Man upset over being called a ‘punk’ arrested in weekend killing, police say

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SALT LAKE CITY — Police have identified the man shot and killed in Salt Lake City over the weekend and arrested the alleged gunman.

Jonathan Buie, 34, was shot multiple times near 800 West and North Temple Saturday morning and died from his injuries at a local hospital, according to police. Payton Akridge, 26, of Salt Lake City, was arrested for investigation of murder.

Buie was shot on the sidewalk, according to a police affidavit. A witness followed the alleged gunman as he drove off and took a picture of his license plate, the affidavit states.

Video surveillance collected from the area by police also showed the vehicle, a 2004 Honda Odyssey, approach a group of people on the park strip, drive away, then do a U-turn and return to the area where Buie approached the passenger side door, according to the affidavit.

“The video shows the driver immediately fire several rounds at the victim, to where the victim flees on foot a short distance to the north and collapses near the sidewalk from his injuries,” the affidavit states.

The van was located by police at a hotel parking lot on North Temple. Detectives interviewed the owner who stated her fiancee, Akridge, was driving the van and they were looking for heroin, according to the affidavit. She told police that Akridge had pulled up to a group looking to buy drugs, drove away and then did a U-turn and went back and allegedly fired several shots because someone called Akridge a “punk,” the affidavit states.

Akridge ran from the hotel after spotting police near the van in the parking lot. He was located walking in the area of 100 South and 600 West and arrested.

Akridge, whose criminal history includes convictions for drugs and drug-related crimes, was on felony probation with Adult Probation and Parole at the time of the shooting, the affidavit states.


Payton Akridge

Salt Lake County Jail