Man says he was shot because of karma

Published: Friday, Nov. 22 2013 9:05 p.m. MST

WEST VALLEY CITY — A man who suffered a gunshot wound Thursday isn't providing police with much information about how he was shot, instead calling the incident "karma."

Officers were dispatched to 3900 South and 2700 West about 12:30 p.m. after Stephen Sierra, 36, flagged down a passing motorist and asked him for a cigarette.

"A short conversation ensued, and in an effort to convince the citizen to give him a cigarette, Sierra told the citizen he had been shot," West Valley City Police Sgt. Jason Hauer said.

Sierra was wanted for parole violation and is a registered sex offender, police said.

So far, investigators say Sierra's story is "lacking in detail." He claims to have been shot near 4100 South and 2700 West, but didn't provide any other information.

"Sierra told investigators that 'it's karma. I deserve to have been shot,'" Hauer said.

Anyone with information about the shooting or Sierra's activities in the past two days is asked to contact West Valley City police at 801-840-4000.

— McKenzie Romero

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