Although the investigation is still ongoing, officials released new details on social media about the fatal shooting near student housing in Provo earlier this week.

Around 8 p.m. on Monday, Jeremy Sorensen, 26, and an 18-year-old woman were physically fighting in the driveway of a fourplex near 500 N. 200 East.

He and the woman knew each other, but the nature of the relationship is still unknown, according to a Facebook post from the Provo Police Department.

Another man driving by the area stopped to intervene in the fight and confronted Sorensen with a gun.

“Mr. Sorensen ignored several clear verbal warnings and continued to strike the female with a closed fist, bite her, and then began stomping on her head,” the post stated.

When the woman broke free from the fight and ran behind the passerby, Sorensen advanced toward them. Witnesses told police that the passerby gave more verbal warnings before firing two shots at Sorensen.

Officers arrived at the scene soon after and administered first aid. Sorensen was transported to the Utah Valley Hospital and died of his injuries sometime Monday night.

Investigators said the woman suffered a concussion and other substantial injuries during that assault.

The names of the passerby and the woman were not released. The Utah County Attorney’s Office is still determining whether or not to press charges.

“There is still a significant and ongoing investigation taking place,” the post stated. “All persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”

In March 2016, Sorensen pleaded guilty and no contest to class A misdemeanors of assault, attempted assault by prisoner and propelling an object at a health care provider.

According to charges, he threw two pans at a pregnant co-worker at Del Taco in Orem and fought with officers during his arrest. Sorensen was transported to a local hospital and also fought with healthcare workers before he was booked into jail.

He underwent anger management treatment and served more than three months in jail for the assault charge.

Friends and family members shared memories and condolences on Facebook along with numerous pictures of themselves with Sorensen.

“I have never had someone so close to me have this happen to them. In life Jeremy, you taught me about working hard, loyalty, and friendship. In death, you teach me compassion,” wrote Haley Sotelo, one of his friends.

Anson Dipnarinesingh wrote that Sorensen loved stories and dreamed of becoming a screenplay writer. He read classic novels, including “Les Miserables,” and enjoyed watching musicals, movies and dramas.

“Jeremy had a hard lot in life and trouble seemed to follow him around every corner, though he wasn’t blameless himself. He was, however, humble. And I have hope in the promise that this world will be flipped upside down one day, that the lowly will be crowned and the proud will be brought down,” he wrote.

He added that although Sorensen was antisocial and honest in his opinions, he worked hard and enjoyed visiting his young son.

“He was a good friend and I hope that his family and his friends can be comforted in this super hard time,” wrote Autumn Harding, one of his friends. “I will remember the good times of FHE, Comic Con, hanging at our apartments, going to movies, pie night, institute activities, playing basketball and Little Caesar’s pizza.”

Ashley Stilson covers crime, courts and breaking news for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2556 or

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