Utah-Idaho border town sees first homicide in over 50 years

April 19, 2018

One man is dead and another in custody on suspicion of homicide after a shooting early Monday morning at a home on the west side of Tremonton.

The Tremonton City Police Department, along with the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Department, Utah Highway Patrol, Garland Police Department and the Utah State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the incident that occurred just before 4 a.m. Monday at 3625 W. 1000 N.

“We got called just prior to 4 (Monday) morning at a residence,” said Tremonton Police Chief Dave Nance. “A male individual had called and said he had shot another male individual. Officers responded and located the victim and he was deceased. The suspect is being cooperative right now. We are interviewing him further. There’s been some type of dispute between them.”

The suspect has been identified as Brandon K. Thompson, 30, of Tremonton. Thompson is a resident of the home where the shooting occurred. He has been booked into Box Elder County jail on suspicion of aggravated homicide, a first-degree felony; obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony; and possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a second-degree felony.

The victim has been identified as Michael Keith Hogenson, 33. Hogenson had been living in the home since December. Investigators said he was shot in both legs, but the official cause of death is still to be determined.

“We have the state here helping us, and the sheriff’s office and the Utah Highway Patrol have been assisting us,” Nance said. “We are collecting evidence at this time and getting search warrants for the residence. We have located the weapon.”

The weapon, Nance said, is a handgun and details of what happened have not yet been released. A female was also in the home at the time of the shooting but was asleep, he said.

Thompson was being held at the Tremonton Police station, where he was being interviewed by detectives.

“(Thompson is) talking a little bit about it but we’re not ready to divulge that at this time,” Nance said on Monday regarding a possible motive.

“There’s no danger to anyone else around,” he added.

Nance said the investigation into the incident will be ongoing.

“Tremonton city is the lead on it and will be assisted by other agencies,” Nance said.

Tremonton city has not investigated a homicide within city limits in decades.

“There hasn’t been one prior to me being here,” Nance said. “We’ve talked about it before and nobody can remember a homicide in the past. There’s no records of it.”

The last known homicide in Tremonton occurred in May 12, 1965. According to an article in the Leader, the bodies of Monte Chournos, 35, and his wife Janice Andreason Chournos, 25, were found in a car behind Don’s Upholstery Shop. According to the article, Sheriff Warren Hyde said that Janice Chournos was shot twice in the chest with a .38 caliber revolver and Monte Chournos was shot once in the head with the same weapon.