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One person dead following fatal carjacking near Utah University

October 31, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
One person dead following fatal carjacking near Utah University

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Police say one person is dead after a carjacking turned fatal near the University of Utah campus Monday night.

University of Utah Police Chief Dale Brophy says an injured woman came to the campus and reported that her husband had assaulted her while they were camping in Red Butte Canyon just east of the school.

Brophy says the woman’s husband is 24-year-old Austin Boutain. Police are still searching for Boutain, who is suspected of fatally shooting a person during a carjacking at the mouth of the canyon.

“It appears her husband … attempted to carjack an individual, no relation to the couple at all,” Brophy said. “In that attempted carjack he shot and killed that individual. Mr. Boutain then fled the scene.”

Authorities didn’t immediately release the victim’s gender or other details.

The Deseret News reports the university sent an alert at 9 p.m. to students and staff to shelter in place. The lockdown ended six hours later.

The University of Utah canceled Tuesday classes.

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