Suspect in ‘Friendsgiving’ shooting died from gunshot from his own gun during struggle with victims

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UPDATE (01/21/2020) In a press release issued by South Jordan Police Department Lt. Matt Pennington, the deceased suspect in a shooting on Thanksgiving that killed another man and wounded two others died from a gunshot wound suffered during a struggle with the victims.

“The South Jordan Police Department is working with the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office and is in final review of its investigation into the death of Joshua Perez-Garcia. Joshua and his vehicle were found in a residential construction site in the area of 6200 W. 11000 S. on Monday December 2, 2019, by construction workers coming into work. Joshua was considered the main suspect in the fatal shooting of Efrain Castro, and injuring two others on Thanksgiving morning,” stated the press release.

The Utah Medical Examiner’s Office determined Joshua died as a result of a gunshot wound to his left arm, with intoxication and exposure to the elements as significant contributing factors. Investigators believe Joshua was shot with his own gun during a struggle at the time of the shooting. There are no additional suspects in this case.”


UPDATE (12/12/2019) – One of the three men shot at a “Friendsgiving” dinner in South Jordan has died.

Efrain Castro, 23, who was shot multiple times during the incident and had remained in the ICU at Intermountain Medical Center since the shooting, died Wednesday night, according to his friends and family.

The two others who were shot continue to recover at home.

No additional information has been released by the South Jordan Police Department regarding the investigation into the shooting.


UPDATE (12/2/2019) – The body of the suspect, Joshua Garcia-Perez, 26, was found Monday morning in a construction zone near 11200 South 6100 West.

Sgt. Matt Pennington, South Jordan Police originally said they were investigating the death as a homicide but that was later updated to state they were no longer looking for a suspect, and his death was as a result of his own actions.

The medical examiner has not released the full results of his autopsy but police said they no longer consider anyone else involved in his death.


SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (ABC4 News) – Three people have been shot at a “Friendsgiving” party in South Jordan early Thursday morning, police say.

Lt. Matt Pennington with the South Jordan Police Department said police received calls reporting shots fired around 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

When police arrived on scene in the area of 4600 West Jordan Parkway they found three males in their mid-twenties had been shot, Lt. Pennington says.

The three males were transported to the hospital, one who had been shot nine times, one with a single gunshot wound to the abdomen and the third with a gunshot through his arm.

Two were taken in critical condition, one in fair condition. All three had to undergo surgery.

Witnesses said two of the men received gunshots as they ran towards the suspect to take away his gun.

Lt. Pennington says there were around 10-12 witnesses the dinner. Police said the incident occurred over some sort of dispute.

Witnesses also said this incident was not gang related as first reported but believe there was an on going dispute between the suspect and the intended victim that somehow erupted into the shooting.

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