2 in critical condition after Tremonton shooting; suspect arrested | News, Sports, Jobs


TREMONTON — Two men remained hospitalized in critical condition on Friday, two days after they were shot dead in connection with an apparent dispute over stolen items. A suspect is in custody.

The shooting victims, ages 36 and 40, were acquaintances of Richard Matthew Barlow, 24, who was taken to Box Elder County Jail pending formal charges in 1st District Court .

Deputy Chief Brian Crockett of the Tremonton-Garland Police Department said Friday that at least three shots were fired, with both victims hit in the chest. He said the men were in extremely critical condition.

According to a police probable cause statement, Barlow told officers he suspected one of the men stole an electric bicycle and a backpack with a bank card inside from his porch. “We’re still investigating this,” Crockett said.

Police responded to a call fired by gunfire at 8:43 p.m. Wednesday near 400 W. 1000 North, Barlow’s arrest affidavit said. They found the injured men, who identified Barlow as the shooter. Police attended Barlow’s apartment and took him into custody.

Officers first questioned Barlow’s girlfriend, who said he told her he argued with the men over the allegedly stolen items ‘and ended up shooting them all both”.

Barlow told police he went to confront the two men. He said the two were walking towards him, shouting and arguing with him. He said he backed up, pulled a 9mm handgun from his pocket, pulled a magazine from another pocket, and loaded the gun. He said the men would not stop and he fired three shots at them, according to the affidavit.

Barlow told police the two men fell to the ground and he started to walk away. One of them asked him to stay to help them, but he kept leaving. He said he had gone home and called his bank to cancel his stolen card and was about to take a shower when the police arrived.

After obtaining a search warrant, police reported searching Barlow’s apartment and finding a 9mm handgun with a partially loaded magazine, as well as marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Police said Barlow told them he had a medical marijuana card, but did not have the drug in an approved container.

Police have requested that Barlow be held without bond in the Box Elder County Jail. The arrest affidavit alleged that Barlow fled the scene of the shooting and was trying to cover up evidence. Barlow allegedly threw away the clothes and a new pair of shoes he was wearing.

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