Three suspects arrested in connection with Sandy homicide killing 17-year-old


UPDATE: 5/23/2020 – Officials with the Sandy City Police Department say three arrests have been made in connection with Friday’s homicide on Saphire Drive.

Police say the following three adults were booked into Salt Lake County Jail on suspicion of the following charges:

James Edward Smith, 19, Criminal Homicide and Obstruction of Justice. Emmanuel Augustus Espinoza, 20, Criminal Homicide and Obstruction of Justice. Dina Marie Smith, 58, Obstruction of Justice

The green Ford Explorer involved was located and seized, Police add.

Officials say the case will be presented to the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office for determination of formal charges.

No further details regarding this case or the investigation are available.


UPDATE: 5/22/2020 – Police say the teen has died as a result of his injuries. Police released a photo and video of a possible suspect.

Police are looking for an older model Ford Explorer with two-tone green over gold. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Please call police at 801-799-3000 if seen.

“We don’t believe that anybody in the area is in immediate danger. We don’t believe any citizens are in danger,” said Clay Swensen, a Sandy City police public information officer.

SANDY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Police in Sandy say a 17-year-old received critical injuries after being shot Friday morning.

According to dispatch the incident happened near 1100 E. 9600 South at around 11:30 a.m. and police are still looking for the suspect.

ABC4 will provide more details as they are released.

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