OGDEN, Utah (ABC4) — An Ogden man was taken into custody after police said he shot and killed a man after a verbal argument escalated into gun violence on Monday night.
Police say Brendon Powell, 25, got into a verbal argument with another man over property around 10 p.m. on Sept. 4. The argument got heated and escalated into gun violence when Powell allegedly fired “several rounds” at the victim.
According to arresting documents obtained by ABC4, the argument was over a drone flown by Powell. Powell allegedly told police he heard “a commotion” coming from a car and flew his drown around the corner of his residence to investigate. The drone reportedly hit a tree and Powell took his gun as he went to retrieve it, using the tac light attached as a flashlight.
As Powell turned the corner, he saw the victim holding the drone.
“The victim ran away from [Powell] for a brief period. [Powell] stated the victim turned toward him with one hand on the drone and one hand in his pocket,” reads the arresting document. “[Powell] advised the victim came towards him at which point he fired approximately seven rounds, striking the male.”
Ogden Police Department confirmed in a press release the victim, who has only been identified as a 31-year-old man, died due to his injuries at the scene. Police said the victim lived in the area.
Powell called police following the shooting, informing dispatch of what happened, according to arresting documents.
When responding officers arrived, Powell was reportedly cooperative and taken into custody without incident. He was booked into the Weber County Correctional Facility and faces a first-degree felony murder charge.
Ogden Police Department said surveillance footage from Powell’s home shows him flying the drone, which can audibly be heard hitting a tree. In the video, Powell allegedly racks the firearm before approaching the victim and “moments go by” as the two are heard arguing before seven shots are heard.
Ogden Police said in a press release an investigation into the shooting is still ongoing.
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