Man facing murder charge after ‘altercation’ leads to shooting in southern Utah

Utah News

A booking photo of Jason Clinger

APPLE VALLEY, Utah — A man was booked into jail on suspicion of murder after police said he told them he shot another man during a dispute in southern Utah.

According to a press release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, they first became aware of the incident around 1:40 p.m. Tuesday when a 911 caller reported a suspicious circumstance in Apple Valley but declined to offer more details.

About an hour later the caller gave her first name and said they needed help, adding “We are harmless and need help from the County Sheriff.”

The caller gave deputies directions to a rural area, but because of the scarce details in her report authorities elected to wait for more information.

Shortly after 3 p.m. the caller finally explained someone was dead and had been for several hours.

Deputies and investigators responded to a home on Coyote Road in Apple Valley, on the Plataclay Mine. A 50-year-old man was found dead with gunshot wounds.

Jason Howard Clinger, 51, told deputies he had shot the man “following an altercation between himself and the victim.”

Clinger was arrested and booked into jail, where he faces a charge of first-degree murder and is being held on a $100,000 bond.

No further details were released but more information is expected in a press conference scheduled for noon on Wednesday.

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