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Man charged with murder in indiscriminate shooting of 82-year-old West Valley City resident during his morning walk

Farrell Bartschy was a “complete stranger” to Noel Munoz Lopez, 34, who is accused of fatally shooting Bartschy.

(West Valley City Police Department) Noel Munoz Lopez, 34, was charged Friday with the murder in the fatal shooting of 82-year-old Farrell Bartsch in October in West Valley City.

Noel Munoz Lopez, 34, was charged Friday in the October fatal shooting of an 82-year-old West Valley City man.

At around 7:10 a.m. on October 4, officers were dispatched to a report of gunfire near 3800 South and 4200 West. Upon arrival, they found Farrell Bartschi, 82, who had been shot in the upper body.

Investigators determined that Lopez fired three shots at Bartschi that morning as the 82-year-old passed by the home of Lopez’s relatives on his morning walk, court documents said.

Lopez’s family then came out of the home and confronted him, and Lopez immediately fled the area in his vehicle. Lopez’s relatives tried to help Bartschi, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police documents state that Lopez allegedly committed the crime while on probation and that Bartschi was a “total stranger” to him. Lopez is also listed as a restricted person due to previous convictions for “at least four violent crimes,” including attempted manslaughter.

Lopez was charged with first-degree murder, use of a firearm by a disabled person and two counts of felonies involving a firearm. He is currently being held in custody at the Salt Lake County Jail.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2022/06/18/man-charged-with-murder/ Man charged with murder in indiscriminate shooting of 82-year-old West Valley City resident during his morning walk

Joel McCord

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