A chilling doorbell camera video released this week reveals the moment a man shot his brother dead at his Utah home before being killed in a shootout with police. Jeffrey Roberts, 66, from Long Beach, California, was captured on camera arriving at his brother’s North Ogden residence on April 27.
According to the Weber County Attorney’s Office, Jeffrey pulled into his brother Scott’s driveway and approached the front door just after 7 p.m. Scott and his wife, Jodi, were having dinner alone when Jeffrey appeared. Scott answered the door, and after a brief conversation, Jeffrey removed a handgun from his sweatshirt and fired five shots.
The video records additional gunfire and shouting as Jeffrey forced his way into the house. He was later seen leaving the house. When he returned, he was breathing heavily and was holding a shotgun and a bag. Scott was killed in the incident, while Jodi was injured.
The released footage also includes a distressed 911 call from a neighbor who reported hearing gunshots. The video notes that Jeffrey used road flares to start a fire in the house, with fire alarms audible in later footage.
Jeffrey reportedly fired on police as they arrived on the scene, which was not captured by the doorbell camera. Three officers returned fire, and Jeffrey collapsed down the front steps after being fatally struck by police bullets.
Subsequent investigation revealed that Jeffrey was armed with a 9mm handgun, 23 fully loaded magazines, a 12-gauge shotgun, and over 150 shells. Aerial photographs of Scott and Jodi’s home show extensive fire damage and bullet impacts on a neighbor’s garage door across the street.
Although Jeffrey’s motive remains unclear, Scott and Jodi’s daughter, Kelsey Turner, suggested a family rift in a GoFundMe set up for her mother’s recovery. She wrote that her father’s estranged brother killed her father and set the house on fire, with her father dying a hero after fighting Jeffrey and telling Jodi to run.
The couple’s niece revealed in an emotional Facebook post that the family’s two dogs also perished in the fire. A former classmate of Scott’s described him as a gentle, kind soul who married the love of his life, adopted her three young daughters, and raised them as his own. A vigil to support the family is scheduled for 6 p.m. local time on Saturday.