Knife-wielding suspect in SSL shooting suffered from PTSD, family says
FOX 13 Salt Lake City
BY TIFFANY DEMASTERS AND DANICA LAWRENCE
POSTED 5:45 PM, MARCH 14, 2016
SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah -- A man shot by a South Salt Lake resident last week suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, a family member confirmed.
David Trujillo, 68, was found dead in the backyard of a home in the area of 3700 South and 200 East on March 12, according to South Salt Lake police. At about 8:30 p.m., officers were called to the home where the homeowner said he shot Trujillo because he was wielding a knife.
While the 68-year-old man has a criminal history of burglary, theft and trespassing – Trujillo’s niece, Kristin Martinez, thinks his behavior was a result of his PTSD.
She said Trujillo suffered from the mental illness because of his service in the Vietnam War.
“I hope he knows that we loved him,” Martinez said. “It's so heartbreaking what happened.”
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