A Salt Lake man has been charged with manslaughter in the Oct. 22 shooting death of a Draper man.
Elden Ellis, 31, will likely be arraigned this week in 3rd Circuit Court on the second-degree felony charge.According to a criminal complaint, Ellis admitted to police that he shot Garry G. Peppmuller, 48, who was hit in the chest with a single shotgun blast at close range.
Ellis said he fired in self-defense "although (he) did not perceive that the victim had a gun or other deadly weapon," according to the complaint's probable cause statement.
The events that ended in Peppmuller's death began about a month earlier, when he and his wife separated. A court order served on Peppmuller the evening of Oct. 22 prohibited him from entering the couple's home, 696 W. 123rd South, Draper.
That night, Ellis and Mrs. Peppmuller brought two semitrailer trucks to the house and had asked Draper police to be on hand.
The police parked across the street in an alley. When Ellis and Mrs. Peppmuller arrived, the trucks obstructed the officers' view.
According to police reports, the officers were unable to see a dispute escalate between Peppmuller and the armed Ellis, who said he warned Peppmuller to halt before firing his 12-gauge shotgun.