Woman Arrested for Obstructing Murder Investigation in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City Police Department’s Homicide Squad has made an arrest in connection with a murder investigation that began on Sunday. The body of 18-year-old Gabriel Vigil was discovered on the ground near 350 E. 800 South, with at least one gunshot wound.
Tommi Gallegos, a 23-year-old woman, has been taken into custody and charged with obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony. Detectives determined that Gallegos made false statements to hinder the investigation, delaying the process of justice.
According to witnesses, several people connected to the shooting had attended a birthday party at a rented house. An argument escalated into a fight, and gunshots were fired. After the shooting, party attendees and witnesses fled before the arrival of the police.
Gallegos initially stuck to a story that only she and three other females were at the party when they heard the gunshots. However, further questioning revealed that there were other witnesses who saw several people outside the residence at the time of the shooting. Two of the witnesses also stated that Gallegos and another woman were outside the house during the incident.
Additional witnesses described a male arguing with a female and physically assaulting her before assaulting another female at the party. Gallegos and the other woman were said to have known and invited both the male and the female involved in the altercation.
Gallegos has been ordered to be held without bail. The investigation is ongoing, and further arrests may be made as more information comes to light.
This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of cooperation with law enforcement agencies during criminal investigations. False statements and obstruction can hinder the pursuit of justice and delay the closure for victims and their families. The Salt Lake City Police Department is committed to resolving this case and bringing those responsible to justice.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Salt Lake City Police Department..