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Police: South Jordan boys found dead was a murder-suicide

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – New details are emerging Friday about two teenage boys shot and killed last week in South Jordan. Police are now calling it a murder suicide.
SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – New details are emerging Friday about two teenage boys shot and killed last week in South Jordan. Police are now calling it a murder suicide.

Investigators are still looking into this case, so they're not revealing everything just yet, but it’s now known who was holding the gun and who wasn't.

"The medical examiner in this case is classifying this as a murder suicide," said Sgt. Sam Winkler, South Jordan Police.

Police are now beginning to share select details about two teenage boys found dead last week inside a South Jordan home near 47th West and 117th South.

"Taylor Wheeler age 12 died of a gunshot wound while Dayton Gessell age 15 died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound," said Winkler.

Police believe Gessell shot Wheeler and then used the same gun to kill himself. An attorney for the family who owns the home where the shooting happened said it was accident.

"I don't believe that there's any malicious intent here. I think this is a sad day for a lot of families," said John Anderson, Attorney.

So far police aren't willing to say it was an accident or not.

"We want to make sure we investigate at the highest level possible if we go in there assuming one thing and it turns out being something else we could miss a lot of evidence in the process so we're treating it as a worst case scenario," said Winkler.

They said autopsy reports will help, but they can report no alcohol or drugs were found at the time.

"We still have to wait for the medical examiners office, still waiting for ballistics, toxicology, there's still a lot of evidence that detectives have to go through," Winker said.

It’s important to note, police also revealed Friday that the three guns they found inside the house were all reported stolen that day. One of them was the weapon used in the shooting. So far it's not clear how that plays into the shooting, but as the investigation continues it’s expected more information will come out.

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