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Woman killed by ex-husband in apparent murder-suicide in Cache County

Jul 25, 2020, 10:08 AM | Updated: 10:15 am
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Sheriff's deputies responded to a Cache County apartment complex after a caller reported he was on the phone with a woman and heard what sounded like gunshots. Photo: Brian Champagne

PROVIDENCE, Utah — The Cache County Sheriff’s Department says a man shot and killed his ex-wife before taking his own life in what appears to be a murder-suicide. 

In a statement, Sheriff Chad Jensen said someone called dispatchers around 11:45 p.m. to report he was on the phone with the woman when he heard her scream “no,” followed by what sounded like gunshots. 

Deputies responded to her apartment complex, and found the 38-year-old woman dead. They did not immediately release her name. 

According to Jensen, at least one other witness reported hearing gunshots and a vehicle leaving the area. 

Ex-husband suspected in Cache County murder-suicide

Jensen said Utah Highway Patrol and Logan City Police officers helped secure the scene. He said investigators identified the woman’s ex-husband as the suspect. 

“Investigators were able to identify different locations the suspect may have fled to, and with the assistance of a SWAT tactical team and crisis negotiators, they were able to pinpoint the home where our suspect was located,” Jensen said in the statement. 

The SWAT team used a robot to determine the suspect was dead, Jensen said. 

“This is still an ongoing investigation and no additional information will be available until the investigation is complete,” Jensen said. “The victim and suspects [sic] names will not be released at this time giving the family time to make notifications.” 

Jensen said Cache County victims’ advocates were on site Saturday to help family members.

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Domestic violence resources

    • Utah Domestic Violence Coalition operates a confidential statewide, 24-hour domestic abuse hotline at 1-800-897-LINK (5465). Resources are also available online at udvc.org.

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