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Tooele man charged in Thanksgiving Day shooting

By Pat Reavy, Deseret News | Posted - Dec. 1, 2020 at 11:05 a.m.

TOOELE — A man accused of shooting another man on Thanksgiving in a camping trailer in Tooele was charged Monday.

Justin Lee Gibson, 29, of Tooele, was charged in 3rd District Court with attempted murder, a first-degree felony.

On Thursday, about 8 a.m., a 37-year-old man who had just walked into a camping trailer on a property at 230 S. 100 East was shot twice in his shoulder area and hand without provocation by Gibson, according to charging documents.

A woman who was asleep in the trailer told police she awoke to Gibson sitting on her bed and asked him what he was doing, according to the charges.

"(The woman) said minutes after waking up, she heard her front door open up, and the victim entered," the charges state. "(She said) Mr. Gibson fired the handgun at the male victim three times. (She) said the male victim did not threaten Mr. Gibson when he entered the trailer."

Gibson claimed the man he shot had threatened him days earlier. But the woman told police that Gibson seemed to be waiting for the man to enter, according to the charges.

"(She said) Mr. Gibson had threatened to kill the male victim several times," according to the charges.

On Nov. 24, the woman told police that she was arguing with Gibson and he threatened to shoot the man, and then fired a round from the trailer, the charges state.

Pat Reavy


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