LAYTON — Layton police on Tuesday arrested a man suspected of shooting two brothers in Ogden the night before, leaving one dead.
Theron Farmer, 23, is believed to have shot and killed Kameron Johnson, 18, and critically injured Johnson's brother, Eric Johnson Jr., 20, according to police.
Just after 5:30 p.m. Monday, the fatal confrontation happened at a home at 862 W. Lake St. Ogden police do not believe the shooting was random, and said both the victims and Farmer were previously acquainted with each other.
Veronica Johnson, mother of the two men who were shot, said that Kamron, a senior at Ben Lomond High School, aspired to be a sports trainer and buy a Mustang, his favorite car.
He was "excited to graduate, go to college," Johnson said. He was only home at the time of the shooting because he wasn't feeling well, she said.
Layton police found and arrested Farmer Tuesday. A few hours later, Ogden police announced they were searching for an additional suspect in the shooting.
Details about that second suspect were not immediately available.
Tuesday afternoon, police were given information leading them to believe Farmer might be in an apartment in Layton. Layton police went to that apartment and he wasn't there, but officers checked other apartments in the area and eventually found Farmer in an apartment in the Stonehedge apartment complex in the area of 221 N. Fairfield Road.
Layton Police Lt. Travis Lyman said police do not know why Farmer was in the apartment.
"He wasn't willing initially to come out of the apartment, kind of isolated himself in one of the back rooms, so we deployed some gas into the apartment and, given a little time, that convinced him to end up coming out," Lyman said.
Before surrendering to police, Lyman said, Farmer got into the shower to try to get the gas cleaned off. No one was injured in the incident but Farmer was put into an ambulance for decontamination.
Police were able to locate Farmer and get him out quickly, Lyman said. He said Layton police have had previous interactions with Farmer.
Earlier Tuesday, investigators said Farmer should be considered "armed and dangerous."
Johnson said the family right now is looking for answers.
"Don't know why. Why? We don't know why," she said. "He wanted money. That's why Kamron got killed, for nothing."
"They're great kids, and they didn't deserve this. They did not deserve this. Especially Kamron," Johnson said.
In November, Farmer was convicted of forgery and was sentenced in January to time served in jail and a suspended prison sentence.
A no-bail warrant was issued Tuesday for Farmer for violating the terms of his probation in that case.
"The defendant has become a suspect in a homicide and aggravated assault investigation. Attempts to locate the defendant have been unsuccessful," a court document states.
Farmer recently transferred from Farmington to Ogden after being released from jail. Both the Ogden Metro Gang Unit and Adult Probation and Parole were assisting in the search for Farmer, according to a report filed in 2nd District Court.
His history of violence dates back several years, according to court records.
Farmer was arrested Jan. 20, 2018, and booked into the Davis County Jail for investigation of criminal mischief, assault, domestic violence in the presence of a child and violating a protective order. Farmer allegedly got into an argument with his girlfriend at her Bountiful apartment, broke down a door when she tried to hide in a bedroom, and then pushed her into a closet, according to a police affidavit.
He pleaded guilty on Jan. 29, 2018, to violating a protective order, a class A misdemeanor, in exchange for the other charges being dismissed.7 comments on this story
Likewise, Farmer was arrested last month on Jan. 7 at the same apartment for investigation of domestic violence in the presence of a child, criminal mischief and two counts of assault for getting into a fight with his girlfriend and a juvenile, a police affidavit states.
He also pleaded guilty on Jan. 29 in that case to assault, a class B misdemeanor.
In February 2018, he was convicted of assault for an incident on Jan. 10, 2018, according to court records.
In 2015, Farmer entered into a plea in abeyance on a felony drug possession charge, pleading guilty. The case was later dismissed after he successfully completed drug court.
He was also convicted of lewdness in a separate case in 2015.