A man shot three times by an Orem homeowner was reportedly holding a bicycle pump when he was killed, according to recently unsealed court documents.
The shooting occurred on Oct. 15 at 7 a.m. when a homeowner near 300 North and 800 West heard someone inside a garage that is unattached from his house.
The homeowner went inside his house, grabbed a .22 caliber handgun and confronted Marcos Rosales, 49, as he left the garage.
An unsealed search warrant from 4th District Court reported the homeowner thought Rosales was carrying an ax.
Rosales walked “towards (the homeowner), not stopping and lifting the ‘ax’ in the area at him,” the warrant stated. The homeowner shot at Rosales and hit him once in the shoulder and twice in the abdomen.
“When the suspect male fell to the ground from the gun shots, the male dropped a bike pump,” the warrant stated.
The homeowner’s wife was also present at the time of the shooting, the warrant reported.
The homeowner called 911, and officers with the Orem Police Department started CPR until Rosales was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.
Rosales died from his injuries less than an hour later, police reported. He lived south of where the shooting took place.
Investigators found evidence Morales was on the property to commit burglary or theft, the warrant reported. Four .22 bullet casings were found at the scene.
Officers had arrested Rosales for a separate theft in Orem in March, and he also had a past history of alcohol offenses.
The homeowner was not arrested at the time, and the Utah County Attorney’s Office will decide whether charges should be filed.