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Murder-suicide shocks county

Tate Jensen

Sun Advocate publisher

The Carbon County Sheriff's office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide that left two Carbon County men dead of gunshots late Sunday night.

Deputies responded to an emergency call of shots fired at a residence on Wood Hill Road in Carbonville at 10:57 p.m. When they arrived, they found the body of the home's resident, Tate Jensen, 31, inside. A short distance from the home they discovered the body of Jacob Milchak, 24, also dead of a gun shot.

According to witness Mandy Bera Jessen, who was in the house with Jensen, Milchak came up to the house and shot Jensen through the window Then he came into the home. Whether he was after her or wanted to shoot Jensen again was unclear. Jessen was able to get outside and into her car and drive away before he could catch her.

She called 911 and officers met her some distance away from the home. The officers then proceeded to the house.

"We are still investigating," said Carbon County Sheriff James Cordova. "We did a preliminary evaluation of the scene and the bodies of the two men have been sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy."

It appears Milchak took his own life after Jessen drove away.

It is unknown whether Milchak had lodged threats against Jensen or Jessen prior to the murder.

"We will know more after the investigation is concluded," said Cordova. "Actually at this point we are not sure how many times bullets struck the victim in the house. That information will come from the medical examiner."

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