SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The man charged with killing a Utah sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop was arrested Wednesday after authorities found him asleep inside a shed.
Roberto Miramontes Roman, 37, was captured around 8 a.m. at a trailer park near Beaver, about 200 miles south of Salt Lake City, said Beaver County Sheriff Cameron Noel.
Roman, the subject of an intensive manhunt, has been charged with capital murder and tampering with evidence in the early Tuesday shooting of Millard County sheriff’s deputy Josie Greathouse Fox.
Roman was arrested with another suspect, Ruben Chavez, about 90 miles south of the shooting, which occurred about 1 a.m. near the farming town of Delta in central Utah.
Deputies were tipped to the suspects’ location by a 911 call, Noel said. An overnight search of the same trailer park — based on a report that Roman and Chavez had associates there — came up empty, he said.
Detectives found the men after getting a warrant to thoroughly search the shed, Noel said.
Millard County officials expressed relief.
“Now we can focus on the victim,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Lindsay Mitchell said. “It will give us some closure.”
Greathouse Fox, a mother of two and a five-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, was found dead from a gunshot wound on a rural highway shortly after 4th District Court papers say she stopped Roman in a Cadillac registered to Chavez.
Shortly before the shooting, another deputy saw two cars meet on a dirt road and radioed to Greathouse Fox to stop one of them. The other car was traced back to Greathouse Fox’s brother, Ryan Greathouse, who told deputies he bought drugs from Roman and another man during the encounter.
The brother-sister connection was a bizarre coincidence, authorities said.
Ryan Greathouse later gave police Roman’s cell phone number and information about Roman’s family that led to an unsuccessful search of a west Salt Lake City home hours after the shooting.
A license plate from the Cadillac was removed and bolted to an orange Corvette, which police found outside the Salt Lake house, court papers say.
If convicted of murder, Roman could face the death penalty. Chavez has not been charged.
Both men were in the Beaver County jail Wednesday.