Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 4, 2018
Salt Lake man charged with threatening neighbors found dead in Tooele County

A Salt Lake City man who had faced felony assault charges in 3rd District Court was found dead in Tooele County in an apparent suicide, according to court records submitted last week. 

James Edgar Booth, 27, had been charged with two counts of third-degree felony aggravated assault in October. A death certificate submitted to the court on Nov. 26 indicates Booth died by suicide on Delta Tower Road.

The charges against Booth stem from an Oct. 8 incident, in which police responded to a weapons offense around 2:20 p.m., a probable cause statement said. The two victims and a witness said Booth got in an argument with one of the victims outside of their homes. 

During the argument, Booth went into his home and retrieved a rifle and pointed it at the victims, saying he was going to kill them, the statement said. A video captured Booth walking on the porch with the rifle. 

A search warrant for Booth’s home was served and four rifles matching the description given by the victim were seized, as well as ammunition for the rifles, according to the probable cause statement. 

Booth was not in court for his initial appearance on Nov. 15, which is the date of death listed on his death certificate, and a $25,000 cash-only warrant was issued. He posted a $15,000 bail bond on Oct. 31, which was the day after charges were filed in court against him.


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