UPDATE: West Valley City Police identify person of interest in fatal shooting of 82-year-old man

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WEST VALLEY, Utah (ABC4) – Authorities have identified 34-year-old Noel Munoz Lopez as a person of interest in the fatal shooting of an 82-year old man.

West Valley Police say Lopez, who resides in Kearns, was in the area at the time of the shooting Monday morning. Investigators are still unsure of what occurred leading up to the shooting but say Lopez knew the owners of the home that the shooting happened outside of.

Courtesy: West Valley Police Department

Authorities received reports of gunshots being heard in the area shortly after 7 a.m. Monday morning. They arrived on scene to find Farrell Bartschi lying on the ground unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say Bartschi, however, had no known association with Lopez or the people who live at the home he was shot and killed outside of, but did live in an area nearby.

Lopez is described as 5’9, weighing 210 pounds, bald with a black beard and mustache.

If you have any information regarding Lopez’s whereabouts, contact the West Valley Police Department at 801-840-4000.

ORIGINAL STORY: Man fatally shot in West Valley City, investigation underway

Monday 10/05/21 8:42 a.m.

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4) – A man is dead after a shooting in West Valley City early Monday morning. The search for the suspect remains ongoing.

West Valley City Police say they were called shortly after 7 a.m. when residents heard two gunshots and saw a man laying on the ground near 3800 South 4200 West.

Police found residents performing CPR on the man when they arrived on scene. Officers and medics took over the CPR but the unidentified man was pronounced dead.

An investigation is now underway. West Valley City Police say there is no reason to believe the suspect or suspects are still in the area.

Investigators are now gathering information, saying they are reviewing the home the man was found in front of to see if there is a connection.

If you have any information about this deadly shooting, you are asked to contact West Valley City Police at 801-840-4000.

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