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Utah man charged in roommate shooting

By Gretel Kauffman, KSL | Posted - Oct. 10, 2019 at 7:45 a.m.

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SOUTH JORDAN — A South Jordan man accused of shooting his roommate twice during an argument in front of an 8-year-old boy is facing three felony charges.

Steven Roger Madison, 58, was charged Wednesday with two counts of felony discharge of a firearm, a first-degree felony, and one count of domestic violence in the presence of a child, a third-degree felony.

Police were called to 11481 S. Jordan Farms Road on Oct. 5 for a report of shots fired, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Madison’s roommate, Chris Parnell, told police that he and Parnell got into an argument and “shoving match,” during which Madison pulled out a pistol and set it on a nearby bed, according to charging documents. Parnell said he temporarily left the room to look for his hearing aid, which he lost during the struggle, then the fight continued when he returned.

Parnell said he and Madison fell on the bed during the struggle. When Parnell stood up in the doorway between the bedroom and the bathroom, Madison shot him twice, he told police. Parnell needed surgery because of his gunshot wounds, the charges say.

Madison told investigators that Parnell came into his bedroom and punched him in the head before other people pulled Parnell away from him, according to charging documents. Madison said he shot Parnell twice after Parnell went into the bathroom, the charges say.

Multiple people were in the room at the time, including an 8-year-old boy who witnessed the shooting, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The boy said he saw Madison and Parnell shoving each other in the bedroom before another man punched Parnell and Parnell briefly left the room, the charges state. The boy said he then saw Madison shoot Parnell two times while Madison was sitting on the bed and Parnell was standing.

A warrant for Madison’s arrest was issued Wednesday.


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