West Valley Police arrested a man who said he woke up with a “bad feeling” and shot and killed his sleeping roommate early Thursday morning. (Christine Murphy, Deseret News)
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WEST VALLEY CITY — A man was shot dead by a roommate in his bed early Thursday morning, police say.
Shortly after 4:00 am, the West Valley Police Department called 4268 S. 3270 West after receiving a report that a 23-year-old man renting a room in the basement had been shot. The officers who arrived first attempted life-saving efforts, but were unsuccessful.
According to a police reservation affidavit, the person who called police directed the first police officer to arrive, Miguel Zamora Bonilla, 21. Found sitting inside.
The caller told police he heard a “loud noise” around 3:20 a.m. and headed to the basement to investigate. , he entered the victim’s room and “found him unresponsive,” the affidavit states. He “pulled back the cover and found (the victim) shot.”
Police said the man then called Bonilla and asked him where he was. He then drove to Bonilla’s location and picked him up.
After being questioned by police, Bonilla woke up around 3 a.m. and felt “not feeling well,” according to the arrest report. Told.
When he got back inside, he opened the victim’s door and shot him twice, the affidavit alleges.
He told police the victim “was laying in bed with the lights off when he fired.[He]said he fled the residence and didn’t know if he hit[the man].” rice field.
Bonilla then disassembled the gun and dumped the pieces, along with some of his clothing, into various sewers in the area, police said.
Police said in an affidavit that “[he]said that when he first left the residence, he walked around the block and made it look like other individuals had entered the residence, with the intention of making the shooting look like a burglary.” “(Bonilla) admitted to shooting a person lying in bed and took significant steps to cover up evidence related to the crime.”
Bonilla was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for a murder and obstruction of justice investigation. The victim’s name has not yet been released.
The arrest report did not say whether police were investigating why it took about 40 to 60 minutes between hearing the gunshots and calling 911.