Salt Lake City Woman Arrested for Obstruction of Justice in Homicide Investigation
A Salt Lake City woman has been accused of obstructing justice during the investigation into the death of an 18-year-old man. Tommi Tiaria Jude Gallegos, 23, was taken into custody and booked on a second-degree felony charge.
The incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning when police received reports of a shooting at a residence on 354 E. 800 South. Upon arrival, officers discovered the lifeless body of Gabriel Vigil, who had sustained at least one gunshot wound.
During their investigation, police found shell casings and bullet strikes on a fence and parked vehicles near the Airbnb rental property. Witnesses reported seeing multiple individuals leaving the house, some going towards the victim’s body, others fleeing in vehicles, and some returning inside the residence.
Initially, Gallegos and her sister, who were present at the scene, claimed they were the only ones at the party during the shooting. However, two other women later revealed that there were additional people at the gathering when a fight broke out.
According to these witnesses, Gallegos and her sister were outside the home when the shooting occurred. Gallegos alleged that she had been shot in the leg, but no wound was found. Despite continued interrogation, Gallegos denied any knowledge of the shooting and disputed the accounts given by the two women.
After obtaining a search warrant for the residence, police found a man and three women inside and took them into custody for further questioning. The new witnesses confirmed that there were indeed others present at the party and described a male arguing with a female, leading to her expulsion from the gathering. This female then made threats, hinting at retaliation against the male.
According to the witnesses, the male physically assaulted his girlfriend and another woman before leaving with a group of other men. Gallegos and her sister exited the house shortly before gunshots rang out. The party had been organized by Gallegos’s sister to celebrate her birthday, and the man involved in the arguments was related to Gallegos.
Gallegos and her sister are accused of providing false statements to the police in an attempt to hinder the murder investigation. While Gallegos was arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail, there is no information regarding her sister’s involvement or charges.
The motive behind the shooting remains under investigation as detectives work to uncover the truth behind this tragic incident. The Salt Lake City Police Department tweeted about the arrest, urging the public to visit their website for more information.
With new details emerging and the investigation ongoing, authorities are determined to bring justice to Gabriel Vigil and his grieving loved ones..