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Centerville man doing yardwork shot by neighbor

By Jasen Lee | Posted - Oct. 30, 2011 at 10:04 p.m.

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CENTERVILLE — A man was hospitalized Sunday after he was shot while doing yardwork outside his home in Centerville.

The man, 41, was working in his yard in a trailer park at 555 N. 400 West "when his next door neighbor opened up with a firearm, shooting at the victim several times," said Centerville Police Lt. Paul Child.

The victim was struck twice and flown by helicopter to University Hospital. Officers are investigating what prompted the incident.

The victim of this shooting is in emergency surgery with life threatening injuries due to a gunshot wound to the chest cavity, according to a news release.

Police said the victim and suspect knew each other and lived next to each other for several years. The suspect has repeatedly made several accusations of a serious nature towards the victim but none of these accusations have ever been substantiated and there has never been any indication that they are true, a police statement said.

Michael Selleneit, 53, was taken into custody, along with his wife, and were being questioned, Child said.

Investigators said Selleneit, who is believed to be the shooter, will be booked into Davis County Jail on attempted homicide charges. A semi-automatic handgun — believed to be the firearm used in this assault — has been recovered, the release said.

Police said Selleneit is a firearm restricted person based on a felony conviction of forcible sexual abuse of a child in 1990.


Jasen Lee


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