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Amargosa Valley man arrested for fatal shooting at Death Valley

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Posted at 1:38 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 16:38:26-04

DEATH VALLEY (KTNV) — A suspect has been arrested for a fatal shooting that occurred in Death Valley National Park.

34-year-old Zachary Salyer of Amargosa Valley called Nye County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 7:15 a.m. Oct. 11 to state he shot the victim. Salyer reported that the victim was on a dry lake bed in Amargosa.

Salyer was arrested by Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, charged with first degree murder, and transported to Inyo County Jail. He is being held on $1,000,000 bail.

The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The shooting occurred in a rarely-visited section of Death Valley National Park near the community of Amargosa Valley. The motive for the shooting is not known at this time.

This is an open investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Inyo County Sheriff’s Office at (760) 878-0383, option 4.