The Duchesne County Sheriff's Office released the following information in a press release on November 7, 2019 at 12:40 P.M.
Duchesne County sheriff's detectives, with assistance from Bureau of Indian Affairs police and the FBI, continue to investigate the Nov. 1 deaths of 23-year-old Tyrell Sowsonicut and 22-year-old Jon Reed Jr. at a house north of Roosevelt.
Based on information available at this time, investigators believe Reed went to the house near 1250 West and 850 North where a party was taking place and shot Sowsonicut. Witnesses told detectives that other party-goers stepped in after the shooting and Reed was stabbed during the ensuing altercation.
Reed's motive for shooting Sowsonicut is still being investigated. Detectives are looking into the possibility that Reed's death could be the result of self-defense.
Investigators do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the public. They are interested in talking to anyone who may have information about this case. Those individuals can contact the Duchesne County Sheriff's Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs police or the FBI.
Those who have been affected by Sowsonicut and Reed's deaths can contact the Ute Tribe Victims of Crime Program at 435-725-4222 or 435-725-4223. Their office is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An on-call victim advocate can be reached 24/7 by calling BIA Dispatch at 435-722-2012.
Individuals can also call the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition LinkLine at 1-800-897-LINK.
This is all the information that will be released at this time. An update will be provided when additional information can be released without jeopardizing the ongoing investigation.