Man with Minnesota ties suspected in Utah murder

Man with Minnesota ties suspected in Utah murder

Man with Minnesota ties suspected in Utah murder

A shooting on the campus of the University of Utah in the U.S. state's capital of Salt Lake City has resulted in one person's murder, according to the local police.

Authorities believe 24-year-old Austin Boutain shot a 23-year-old man by the entrance to Red Butte Canyon in Salt Lake City after attempting to hijack his auto.

Brophy said police were responding to a domestic assault complaint from Kathleen Boutain on Monday night when shots rang out in the canyon, where the couple had been camping after fleeing neighbouring Colorado.

The suspect is Austin Boutain, police said. Police said Guo and Boutain did not know each other.

On Tuesday morning, the Salt Lake Tribune reported that authorities identified the victim as CheinWei Guo, an global student from China.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents responded, as did law enforcement officials in helicopters and armored vehicles. Brophy said at the Tuesday afternoon news conference that a helicopter was still searching east of campus when news came in that Boutain had been found. Classes cancelled October 31. Brophy said police believe Austin Boutain had killed the driver of a vehicle and fled the scene.

Police have identified Austin Jeffrey Boutain, 24, and Kathleen Elizabeth Rose Boutain, 23, as people of interest in the Golden death. Investigators believe he'd been dead for a few days. The Boutains arrived in Utah two or three days before the shooting, according to SLCPD Chief Mike Brown.

The university sent an alert at 9 students and staff to shelter in place.

Pershing said the university has been in contact with the student's parents in China. The police believe that he is "armed and risky". The police presence on campus has been increased.

The university canceled classes and offered counseling services Tuesday.

Utah Transit Authority says there will be limited light rail service and that buses won't service the campus for the reminder of the night.

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