Suspect sought after shooting at University of Utah

Kelley Robertson
November 2, 2017

Law enforcement officials comb the hills near the mouth of Red Butte Canyon in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in search of the person responsible for fatally shooting a University of Utah student.

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.

Salt Lake City police Sgt. Brandon Shearer told the Salt Lake Tribune that "one person is confirmed deceased". Classes were canceled in respect for Guo but police assure the community that the campus is secure and facilities will remain open.

Suspect in U of U Homicide is Austin Boutain, 24.

Police say they're still trying to figure out the events that led up to a 24-year-old ex-convict killing a 23-year-old devout Mormon in a Utah canyon.


Police said Mitchell Bradford Ingle, whose body was found Tuesday in his trailer home, may have been friendly with the Boutains but it wasn't clear how they met and how the older man was killed.

The University of Utah campus is eerily quiet this Halloween day.

The University issued the campus wide alert around 9 Monday night, telling students and employees to "shelter in place".

Kathleen Boutain was jailed in Utah on unrelated drug and theft charges after she reported to police Monday night that her husband had assaulted her while they were camping in the canyon. The university identified the victim as ChenWei Guo, an worldwide student from China.

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