Knife-wielding suspect shot and killed by homeowner in South Salt Lake

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SOUTH SALT LAKE -- Police have identified a suspect who was shot and killed by a resident in South Salt Lake Friday night, and the resident said he fired after he found the man in his backyard wielding a knife.

According to the South Salt Lake Police Department, officers responded to a home in the area of 3700 South and 200 East around 8:30 p.m. Friday.

When officers arrived, a 37-year-old resident said he had heard a noise in his backyard and went to investigate. Once outside, the man said he was confronted by a male suspect who was armed with a knife.

"The confrontation quickly escalated and the [68-year-old] male suspect was shot and later pronounced dead at the scene," according to a press release from police.

A second press release issued later Saturday identified that suspect as David Antonio Trujillo. Police have not yet found a current address for the man but said he frequented various hotels and motels in South Salt Lake.

Police stated the case is being investigated, but no arrests have been made so far. The resident involved made one of the first calls to 911 and is cooperating with the investigation.

Once police conclude their investigation, the case will be turned over to the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office, who will screen the case and determine if charges will be filed.

The motive for the suspect's actions remain under investigation. The name of the resident who fired on the suspect is not being released at this time.


  • David Whittington

    This story warms my heart. This story touches on the 2nd Amendment, illegal immigration, and a speedy death penalty – issues Obama and Hillary and Diane Feinstein continually find themselves in the WRONG camp. I am glad this story has a happy ending. Most similar home invasion stories don’t.

    • Ron

      So I get your comments on the 2nd Amendment and speedy death penalty, what I dont get is your comment on illegal immigration. I read the article twice now and cant seem to find where it states the man’s legal/illegal status. Do you have a link to a site that contains this info or are you just saying that because of his last name?

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    Now that the Salt Lake County Sheriff is no longer accepting garden variety criminals in the jail one police lieutenant expressed the opinion that private citizens ought to send more of these animals to see St. Peter at the Pearly Gates.

  • Carlee Josephson

    The police department was contacted regarding David about 2 hours before this incident took place. He sat at a bar and confessed that he had raped & murdered women and that he molested children, he even named one of them. He also told everyone in the bar that he was going to fight a man to the death. The police didn’t bother questioning anyone in the bar before they left. I don’t know if they even put David into their car at all. Seems like this could have and should have been prevented. I wonder if they even bothered searching him, maybe he had the knife on him all night. He also used to use that address as his own, public criminal records show.

    • Kerrie

      Well, your story sounds 100% accurate. Not at all bias, one sided or crazy sounding. I say we run with this and make all kinds of “injustice!” protests.

      • John

        Ksl had an interview with neighbors and they said this guy terrorized everyone. His neighbors feared him.


        The good news is that decent society doesn’t have to deal with this puke. I’m not even curious as to where St. Peter sent him when he found the Pearly Gates were locked.

  • Joe Dirte

    First off, David was a veteran and served in Vietnam, i don’t appreciate the racism here, he was a citizen.

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