1 dead in University of Utah shooting, suspect on the loose

Michele Moreno
November 1, 2017

Hundreds of law enforcement officers from multiple agencies converged onto the University of Utah campus after a student was shot and killed Monday night.

The suspect, Austin Boutain, is also suspected of being connected to a homicide in Colorado, police said Tuesday.

It was just after 8:30 p.m. Monday when police were alerted to a report of domestic abuse from Boutain's wife, Kathleen, who said the two had been camping in Red Butte Canyon.

However, around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Salt Lake City police tweeted, "Suspect in #homicide is in custody".

Kathleen Boutain, 23, is in custody in the Salt Lake City Jail on unrelated theft and drug charges, jail records show. Guo was an worldwide student at the university.

At least eight law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were on the scene during Monday night's manhunt.

Police believe Boutain had been driving the man's pickup truck, which remains missing.

"The Counseling Center is prepared to support students with additional staffing, and Human Resources has arranged for the Employee Assistance Program to help with counseling for staff and faculty", Pershing said.

That death is being investigated as a homicide and the Boutains are suspects, the Golden Police Department said in a statement.

Police say woman's husband identified as Austin Boutain, 24, attempted to carjack an individual and shot and killed that person.

Red Butte Canyon is used for research and has a public botanical garden, arboretum and hiking trails in the Wasatch Mountains foothills.

University of Utah police chief Dale Brophy says Boutain was being questioned Tuesday.

The University issued the campus wide alert around 9 Monday night, telling students and employees to "shelter in place". "#UteFamily", said the Mighty Utah Student Section on Twitter.

Classes were canceled on Tuesday at the University of Utah, where officials remembered Guo as "extraordinarily outgoing, creative, smart and extremely engaged". He is considered armed and risky.

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