Suspect arrested in Salt Lake City murder stemming from car fight

Police cited witness statements and surveillance footage as evidence in the case.

(Salt Lake City Police Department) A man is dead after a fatal shooting at an apartment complex in the 1790 South West Temple.

Salt Lake City police arrested a suspect in the May shooting of a man who was reportedly involved in an argument over a car.

The 41-year-old man was taken into custody Tuesday and booked in the Salt Lake County Jail. He is suspected of shooting and killing 40-year-old Robert Barros on May 29.

Police found Barros’ body at 11:43 am that day in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 1790 S. West Temple area. According to witnesses and surveillance footage, Barros was in a parked Chevrolet Impala when a Honda Accord pulled up behind him and blocked him.

A man – later identified as the suspect – got out of the Honda and shot Barros, who stumbled and collapsed a short distance away, according to a probable cause statement.

A passenger in the Honda then got behind the wheel and drove the Honda away, while the shooting suspect got into the Impala and also drove away. In a press release, police said they were unable to release any information about the second driver and that they were continuing the investigation.

The Honda was later found near the filming location, and the Impala was found at a Kearns residence, according to the probable cause statement. The Impala’s owner told police Barros borrowed her car and didn’t return it, and when she tried to retrieve it he “ran further than she would find him”.

On May 29, the woman and the suspect asked the Honda’s owner if they could borrow him to retrieve the Impala. According to the probable cause statement, the suspect was seen on surveillance footage leaving the Kearns’ home alone in the Honda at approximately 10:50 a.m. and returning in the Impala at approximately 12:03 p.m. The video also shows the Impala’s owner cleaning the driver’s seating area of ​​the car and removing several items from the trunk, including a hat.

According to police, the suspect was then seen on video carrying a box that “appeared to contain several items,” which he burned in a fire pit behind the house.

The suspect’s cell phone and driver’s license were found in the Honda, police said. He is being held without bail pending investigations into murder, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person and obstruction of justice.

The Salt Lake Tribune generally does not name suspects until they have been charged with a crime. Suspect arrested in Salt Lake City murder stemming from car fight

Joel McCord

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