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Two people were taken into custody following a chase early Thursday that police say was connected to the investigation of a homicide in West Valley City Wednesday night.

MIDVALE — Police have released the name of the alleged gunman in a homicide in West Valley City Wednesday night.

Police announced they are searching for Robert DeHerrera, 24, in connection with the death of 26-year-old Manuel Garcia Jr.

Additionally, two people were taken into custody Thursday morning following a chase that police say was connected to the investigation.

Chantelle Marissa Riley was arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of failing to stop at the command of a law enforcer. Riley and a man were initially detained and questioned by West Valley police in an effort to find out what they knew about the shooting.

About 10 p.m. Wednesday, three acquaintances were driving in a car near 3030 W. 3500 South when two men, 26 and 24, got into an argument, said West Valley police spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku. At some point during the fight, the 26-year-old man hit the 24-year-old man with a bottle, she said. The 24-year-old man reacted by fatally shooting the man in the abdomen, Vainuku said.

The woman driving the car pulled over and called 911. The alleged shooter was gone when police arrived.

West Valley police worked leads Wednesday night into Thursday morning and developed information about who the suspected gunman was with and what car that acquaintance had, Vainuku said.

That car was spotted about 4 a.m. near 7800 South and 900 East with three people in it, she said. The driver sped away when officers attempted to pull them over.

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The eight-minute chase went through Cottonwood Heights, Sandy and Midvale and reached speeds of about 80 mph, Vainuku said. It ended when the fleeing vehicle hit a curb hard at a high of speed near 7350 S. State. The impact from the collision disabled the car.

DeHerrera is described as about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a "slight build." He has several tattoos, police said, including a large one on the left side of his forehead, one on his left cheek and on both hands.

Anyone with information about the shooting or DeHerrera's location is asked to call West Valley police at 801-840-4000 and tips can remain anonymous, police said.