UPDATE: Suspect stabbed to death after shooting, killing man at Halloween Party


UPDATE 11/7/2019 – A press release issued by the Duchesne County Sheriff’s office has shed more light into the double murders at a party on Halloween.

According to the release, Duchesne County sheriff’s detectives, with assistance from Bureau of Indian Affairs police and the FBI, believe 22-year-old Jon Reed Jr went to the house near 1250 West and 850 North, where a party was taking place, and shot 23-year-old Tyrell Sowsonicut.

Witnesses told detectives that other party-goers stepped in after the shooting and Reed was stabbed during the ensuing altercation.

Reed’s motive for shooting Sowsonicut is still being investigated and detectives are looking into the possibility that Reed’s death could be the result of self-defense.

Investigators do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the public and said they are interested in talking to anyone who may have information about this case.

Those individuals can contact the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs police or the FBI.

Those who have been affected by Sowsonicut and Reed’s deaths can contact the Ute Tribe Victims of Crime Program at ‪435-725-4222‬ or ‪435-725-4223‬. Their office is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An on-call victim advocate can be reached 24/7 by calling BIA Dispatch at ‪435-722-2012‬.

Individuals can also call the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition LinkLine at ‪1-800-897-LINK‬.

DUCHESNE COUNTY (ABC4 News) – The Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a double homicide at a Halloween party that took place north of Roosevelt.

It happened at 1250 West 850 north around 12:15 Friday morning.

When deputies arrived on scene they found the two men dead. One of them had been shot, the other stabbed.

Friday morning Duchesne County Sheriff Travis Tucker identified the victims as John Reed Jr., 22 and Tyrell Sowsonicut, 23.

Tucker said the two knew each other.

Reed Jr. was stabbed and Sowsonicut was shot, he said.

It appeared the two were at a Halloween party. “We have reports of 15-20 people on the scene at the time,” Tucker said.

According to the deputies, they do not believe there is any ongoing threat to the public.

If you know anything about the incident, you’re asked to call the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office at 435-738-2424.


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