Son arrested, to be arraigned in slayings
According to Emery County Sheriff LaMar Guymon, around 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Oct. 21, there was a double homicide shooting in Castle Dale.
Guymon says that William, 51, and Charmaine Sharp, 54, were allegedly shot by their adult son, Peter Sharp. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
A son, Peter Sharp, age 26, was apprehended that morning and is being held at the Emery County detention center. At the time of the shooting there were reportedly four other children in the home.
Investigation of the crime is being conducted by the Emery County Sheriff's Office detectives.
According to Guymon, at approximately 9:10 a.m. a 911 call came into the Emery County Sheriff's dispatch. The call was lost but Sgt. Bliss Mead was able to GPS the location and get an address. Dispatcher Maureen Copatch immediately sent all available units to the scene. A second 911 call was made by a teenaged daughter in the home. She said her brother had shot her parents.
It is reported that Peter Sharp, shortly after 9 a.m. went into a back bedroom in the home and shot his father William, with a shotgun. He then shot his mother Charmaine in the hallway leading out of the kitchen.
According to reports Charmaine was fixing breakfast at the time and getting ready to start the children's lessons for the day, which was a normal routine in the home. The father, William, was speaking on the phone to their eldest daughter Lisa at the time he was shot.
After the shooting, Peter's siblings, a 15-yea-old brother and teenage sister, reportedly wrestled the gun away from their brother; Peter left the home. He then went down the hill from the home and was walking along Main Street without any shoes. Ambulance Supervisor, Jim Gordon had just heard the call and was approaching the Sharp home when he saw the man on the street without shoes and thought it strange. He notified dispatch of the man walking down the street and proceeded to the Sharp home, where he examined the bodies of the parents.
Guymon said Lt. Bill Downard and Deputy Clayton Bell entered the home to make sure the shooter was not still there. Gordon examined the bodies and determined there was no need to call an ambulance as both parties were deceased at the scene. Lt. Downard put out the information on the suspect including his description and that he had left the scene on foot.
Sgt. Tom Harrison and Deputy Shaun Bell went to the parking lot of Stewarts and ALCO to look for the suspect. The suspect went into the Family Dollar store where he reportedly stole a pair of house slippers which he was wearing as he walked across the parking lot in front of ALCO. Harrison engaged the suspect and reported that the man acted like he was going to bolt and run. The sergeant instructed Peter that they were going to put handcuffs on him which they proceeded to do and there was a small scuffle at that time. The suspect was taken without further incident to the detention center where he is being held without bond.
Guymon and Capt. Kyle Ekker were out of town at the time of the shootings but upon hearing the news, they returned home to supervise the investigation. Downard had been the first on the scene and supervised the investigation there.
The Sharp children had left the house with a family member and waited in a vehicle outside the home. Guymon held a press conference that afternoon and told some of what the children had reported. The Sharp children indicated there hadn't been anything unusual or out of the ordinary that went on at the home the previous evening or the morning of the shooting. They reported there weren't any confrontations or arguments between the parents, themselves or their brother Peter.
Guymon reported that during questioning the suspect was confused and didn't know what was going on. The Sheriff also said he seemed to have no memory of what happened. The grown children of the family still live in the area and have taken the minor children into their homes.
"The young man (Peter) has suffered from mental issues and that's probably the basis for what happened today," said Guymon that afternoon. "The Sharp's have 10 children and four of them are still in the home. The youngest child is 8 and Peter, 26 was the oldest. The children feared for their own lives at the time they wrestled the gun away from their brother and should be considered heroes for doing that. The children are very distraught and emotionally upset. The older siblings are taking care of the younger ones and they do have a good support system."
Guymon said that in the 20 years the Sharps had lived in the home the sheriffs department had only received one call to the residence, and that was a few years ago.
"The call concerned the suspect behaving aggresively. and we talked to him at that time," said Guymon. "There haven't been any calls or problems involving the sheriff's office since that time."
On Friday the Emery County Attorney's Office filed information in the Seventh District Court charging Peter Simon Sharp with two counts of criminal homicide, aggravated murder, domestic violence and one count of aggravated assault, domestic violence in connection with the shooting deaths. The defendant is currently being held without bail in the Emery County jail.
His first appearance is set before Judge George M. Harmond Jr. on Oct. 27, but because of the funeral the time has not been set for the hearing.