OREM, Utah (ABC4 News) – Formal charges have been filed against the teenager who is suspected to have shot and killed 26-year-old Dominique Barnett.
Elbert Paule has been charged with first-degree murder after a point-blank shooting at the door of his apartment, according to authorities.
Charging documents state that Dominique Barnett, the victim, went to 19-year-old Elbert Paule’s apartment at 1225 West 1000 South in Orem at about 8 p.m. on Thursday.
Officials say Barnett and Paule were acquaintances and Barnette had gone to the apartment specifically to visit Paule.
Upon arrival, police say Barnette knocked on the door and Paule opened the door shortly after and without warning shot Barnette point blank in the torso. He threw the 12 gauge shotgun he used off the apartment balcony and fled the scene.
A witness told authorities that they saw Paule pick up a shotgun prior to opening the door, peek through the peephole and exclaim “Ah, hell no!”
Charging documents state that another witness also heard Paule say “I just shot that n****!” before fleeing the scene.
Barnette was transported to the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center where he later died at 9 p.m.
The state examiner who performed Barnett’s autopsy said the shotgun blast caused massive trauma to his liver causing Barnett to bleed to death.
Officials say Paule turned himself in hours after police had been searching for him.
Paule may be facing 15 years to life in prison if he is convicted of first-degree murder.