News / Utah / 

Adam Sotelo, KSL TV

Man killed, 2 others arrested after Millcreek shooting

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Updated - Aug 14th, 2019 @ 4:17pm | Posted - Aug 14th, 2019 @ 6:30am

2 photos

MILLCREEK — One man was shot and killed and two men were arrested early Wednesday following a dispute that started with an argument on social media, police say.

Taylor Kauvaka, 31, of Salt Lake City, was shot about 1:45 a.m. in the street near 3460 S. 700 West, said Unified Police Sgt. Melody Gray.

Alekzander Ethan May, 18, of Midvale, and Edgar Omar Esquivel, 19, were each arrested for investigation of murder.

Shortly after the shooting, May confessed to police that he had shot someone, Gray said.

“A male identified as Alekzander May approached police in the area after the shooting stating that he knew what happened and could show police where the gun was. May took police to where the gun was, and made a spontaneous statement that he had just shot someone,” according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.

While being transported to the sheriff’s office for questioning, May again stated that “he had shot somebody,” according to the report. “May was interviewed at the sheriff’s office building where he told interviewing detectives that he had shot a male point blank in the chest with a shotgun.”

One gun was recovered by police, according to Gray.

The dispute allegedly started as an argument on a social media platform. Gray said Wednesday she did not know which social media app or what the argument was about.

Both sides then agreed to meet in front of an apartment complex where none of them lived, she said. That’s when the shooting occurred.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article erroneously indicated the incident took place on Tuesday. It has since been corrected.


Pat Reavy

KSL Weather Forecast