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January 22, 2022

West Jordan police make arrest in teen shooting death

A man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy at his West Jordan home. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)

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WEST JORDAN — West Jordan police on Tuesday announced they have made an arrest in connection with the shooting death of a teenage boy.

Cody Elijah Ivory, 19, was arrested for investigation of murder, discharge of a firearm and obstructing justice.

He is accused of shooting and killing Jacob Jeremy Hansen, 17, at his home on Monday.

Police were called about 10:30 a.m. to 3517 W. 8245 South by Hansen’s mother who said her son had been shot, according to a police booking affidavit.

“Inside the doorway, officers observed a handgun lying on the ground. Officers observed three spent shell casings and a spent bullet slug outside the front door on the ground. Inside the front door, officers observed smeared blood on the wall, and three more shell casings on the ground,” according to the affidavit.

Hansen was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police retrieved video recorded from a residence across the street that showed three men arriving at the house — two of them going to the front door and the third walking around to the back, the affidavit states. Two of the men are then later seen running from the front of the home.

A search warrant was later served on the residence.

“During the execution of the search warrant, detectives located cell phones, multiple firearms, spent shell casings, slug, drug paraphernalia and controlled substances,” according to the affidavit.

Through a series of interviews, police learned that prior to the shooting, Ivory had shown others a gun that he had “and stated he was going to go look for the victim and rob him,” the affidavit states. Police believe Ivory went to the home under the pretense of buying drugs, but at some point a confrontation between he and Hansen occurred.

Ivory was interviewed by police after he was arrested. He claimed that after knocking on the door, Hansen “answered the door and told him to leave. (Ivory) said he blocked the door with his arm and agreed the victim probably thought he was trying to make entry into the victim’s home. (Ivory) said the victim shot at him and he shot back at the victim,” the affidavit states.

Before he was arrested, Ivory allegedly called his girlfriend crying that “his life was over,” according to the affidavit.

“(Ivory’s) girlfriend said (he) told her, ‘I killed someone.’ The … girlfriend said she was shocked by his statement, and she didn’t know what she should do. (She) said, while she was with him, (Ivory) also called his sister and told her that he shot someone,” the affidavit states.

Police said Tuesday they anticipated making additional arrests.

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