Saturday, December 28, 2013

UT - Man shot after being accused of sexual assault by Gerald Stanton

Wrongly accused
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By Pat Reavy

MAGNA - A man who mistakenly thought another man sexually assaulted his partner was arrested early Saturday for investigation of attempted homicide.

Gerald Stanton, 44, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail after police say he shot a second man at his residence, just after midnight.

Stanton had confronted a 41-year-old man he believed sexually assaulted his partner, said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal. The two got into a verbal argument that became physical.

At some point during the confrontation, investigators belive Stanton pulled out a gun and shot the other man once in the stomach. Stanton then called 911.

The victim, meanwhile, fled to another residence a couple of doors away, Hoyal said. After the man was located by police and taken to a local hospital, detectives looked into the sexual assault allegations and could find no evidence that an assault took place.

The victim remained in critical condition Saturday. Hoyal said the investigation into the incident continued Saturday evening.

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