MIDVALE — A shooting outside a Midvale hotel in November that resulted in the death of a woman and injured a man involved people who were already acquainted with each other, according to police.
In fact, in an odd twist, the girlfriend of the man who was shot had allegedly broken up with him and started a relationship with the woman who was killed, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in 3rd District Court that unveils new details about the ongoing investigation.
On Nov. 7, Teresa Marie Alires, 39, of Salt Lake City, was shot to death outside the Tru by Hilton hotel at 6962 S. Bingham Junction Blvd. Tyler Wade Shirreffs, 36, was also shot and ran to a nearby Winco store for help.
According to police, Alires first shot Shirreffs, who then wrestled the gun away from her and shot her.
Shirreffs was in a car with his girlfriend in front of the hotel when Alires came up to the vehicle and said, "'Give me your money' and then opened the door and shot him. Tyler said he got out of the car and started wrestling with the female for the gun and she shot him a second time," according to the warrant.
"Tyler said he was able to get the gun away from the female and defended himself. Tyler said his arm was dangling and he thought he was going to bleed out. Tyler said that he started running to Winco and he could hear more gunshots behind him, but he didn't know where they were coming from," the warrant states.
Shirreffs, who was a parole fugitive at the time of the shooting, was sent back to the Utah State Prison after being released from the hospital.
When police interviewed Shirreffs' girlfriend, she told detectives that she had broken up with him and had started a relationship with Teresa, according to the affidavit. The girlfriend said that Alires "had texted her several times stating that she didn't know how many times she wanted to take her 'strap out and blast out'" Shirreffs. A strap is slang for a gun.
The night before the shooting, the girlfriend said Shirreffs had gone to the Winco parking to buy drugs, the warrant states.
On the night of the shooting, Shirreffs and his girlfriend were in a white Cadillac, believed to be a 2005 model and owned by another man, according to police. The car owner told them they needed to move from the grocery store parking lot to the hotel. Once there, the man got out of the car, "leaving Tyler and his girlfriend in the back seat of the Cadillac," according to the warrant.
That's when Alires, the car owner and another man appeared.
"Tyler's girlfriend said Teresa had come to the car and pulled a gun on Tyler, and told him to give her all his money. Tyler's girlfriend said Teresa pointed the gun at both of them and then shot Tyler multiple times. Tyler's girlfriend said she ran away and looked for cover to avoid getting shot," the warrant states.
As of Friday, no charges have been filed in connection with the shootings.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 801-743-7000.