Man charged in highway homicide that killed father in Utah

Indictment documents say the drivers were pulled off the highway before the shooting.

(Sandy City Police Department) One man is dead and another arrested after a shooting in Sandy that police say was the result of road rage.

Salt Lake County prosecutors on Friday filed murder charges against a 32-year-old man who admitted fatally shooting another driver he “braked” on Interstate 15 last month.

Law enforcement documents show that Rodrigo Monroy pulled in front of Christopher Mortensen’s truck and “suddenly hit the brakes” while the two were traveling north on I-15 at about 9:30 a.m. Oct. 26.

Mortensen pulled a trailer and braked quickly to avoid an accident, his passenger told investigators. The two drivers then exchanged “verbal hostilities and hand gestures” before both exiting at 10600 South and stopping near a supermarket at the 100 West intersection, asking for the status of the documents.

Mortensen, 42, pulled up behind Monroy’s truck before going to the driver’s side window. He then hit Monroy’s truck, and Monroy drew a gun, according to indictment documents. The two then fought for the gun through Monroy’s half-open window.

As Monroy regained control of the gun, he opened fire as Mortensen backed away and said, “No,” the indictment documents say.

Monroy told investigators he knew Mortensen was not armed, the documents say. He said he drew the gun because he was scared and didn’t know what would happen if Mortensen took his gun.

“It all happened so quickly,” he said, according to a probable cause statement.

Mortensen died from the gunshot wound. An autopsy revealed he had been shot through the heart.

Monroy was arrested after the shooting and sent to the Salt Lake County Jail. Prosecutors have asked that he remain in prison without bail while the case is being decided.

“Given the defendant’s willingness to escalate the altercation to deadly violence, and the fact that the defendant is now charged with murder, there is clear and compelling evidence that the defendant poses, or is likely to pose, a significant threat to the community.” jurisdiction of the court if they are released on bail,” prosecutors wrote.

According to personal information, Mortensen leaves behind his wife and four children Obituary. He had another daughter, London, who died in 2014 at the age of 7 – just before the family moved from Arizona to Utah, according to a fundraiser for his daughter.

“We take comfort in the fact that he finally has his little girl, London, in his arms again. During their tragic loss, his love and faith kept his family going,” read a post on his Utah Homicide Survivors’ fundraising page. “We hope to emulate his strong spirit as we help them deal with this tragedy.

(Utah Homicide Survivors) Chris Mortensen, center, with his wife and their four children.

Mortensen was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a mission in London. He liked to travel and was considered a gourmet, according to his obituary. He particularly enjoyed tacos and tamales.

“He was service oriented and an extremely loyal man. He helped everyone he met, whether he knew them or not,” the obituary reads. “Chris was extremely protective of everyone, even strangers. He is dearly loved and missed by all who know him.”

Five days after Mortensen’s death, Utah law enforcement responded to another traffic shooting on I-15 in Kaysville. In that instance, a woman passed a car on the right, angering the car’s male driver, police said.

The man then followed the woman’s vehicle. Police said they “tapped on the brakes … to tell him to back off,” and the man sped to her passenger side. He then fired several shots from an air pistol, hitting her windshield and passenger-side doors and windows, police said.

She wasn’t hurt. The man was sentenced to the Davis County Jail on suspicion of aggravated assault and other felonies. According to court documents, the 51-year-old remains in custody without bail. Man charged in highway homicide that killed father in Utah

Justin Scacco

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