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3 arrested, victim identified in fatal North Ogden shooting

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NORTH OGDEN — North Ogden police on Sunday released the names of three people arrested in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred early Saturday morning.

Ryan Joseph Dash, 32, and Angela Lynn Valdez, 38, both of Ogden, were arrested along with Brian Christopher Jenson, 28, of Brigham City. The shooting victim was identified as Dalton Wood, 29, of North Ogden.

North Ogden police responded to a report of shots fired about 12:17 a.m. Saturday, according to a news release. The shooting occurred near 400 East and 1700 North.

Responding officers found Wood lying "in the street," according to the release. In a probable cause statement, police said Wood had a gunshot wound to his chest and a shotgun shot to his lower extremities.

North View Fire transported Wood to McKay-Dee Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"Witnesses observed two unknown subjects leaving the scene, possibly in a dark colored SUV," the release says.

North Ogden police and the Weber/Morgan Homicide Task Force are still investigating the shooting, police said Sunday. In probable cause statements prepared for Dash and Jenson, police say the involved parties knew each other because Dash had assaulted Wood's brother previously, and Dash claimed Wood had "threatened him."

Their meeting was arranged in advance, Dash told police.

Police say Dash admitted to shooting Wood with both a handgun and a shotgun. Dash told police Wood had "his hands in his pocket," but did not brandish a weapon.

Dash said he disposed of the murder weapons by throwing them off an overpass in Box Elder County, and had burned his clothing in a church parking lot, according to the probable cause statement.

Jenson told police he knew his colleagues had guns, the statement says, but was personally armed only with brass knuckles. Jenson denied firing weapons himself, but police wrote that this "contradicts other information received in the course of this investigation."

Jenson is being held on suspicion of criminal homicide; Dash on suspicion of criminal homicide, obstruction of justice and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person. Dash was on parole when the killing occurred, police said.

Valdez's charges were not immediately available.

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Graham Dudley reports on politics, breaking news and more for A native Texan, Graham's work has previously appeared in the Brownwood (Texas) Bulletin and The Oklahoma Daily.


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