TAYLORSVILLE, Utah, June 22, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Two women were shot and killed in Taylorsville Thursday morning in what police are calling a possible murder-suicide.
Authorities received a call of a shooting at approximately 6:35 a.m. in the area of 2500 W. Dutch Draw Dr. (4500 South), Lt. Brian Lohrke, spokesman for the Unified Police Department told, Gephardt Daily.
Lohrke said authorities from the UPD Taylorsville precinct arrived and found a tan Chevrolet Equinox crashed into a blue Hyundai Elantra in a back alleyway. One woman, the driver of the blue Hyundai, was found deceased inside her car with multiple gunshot wounds.
In a search of the area, police found another deceased female about 100 yards from the crash site, and a handgun near her body. It’s unknown at this time if she was the driver of the tan car, Lohrke said.
“We are now investigating the situation,” Lohrke added. “We know these two females were in a relationship and we have been here before on domestic-type disturbances.”
Police hope to release more details later this morning about what the relationship was between the two women and what exactly transpired. Police said preliminary information suggests the second gunshot to the woman found outside the car was self-inflicted.
“We are taping off the whole area and making it one big crime scene, because we believe one party traveled from the car to where the other female was deceased, so we consider that whole area a crime scene now,” Lohrke said.
Police had responded to domestic disturbance calls at the residence multiple times, Lohrke told Gephardt Daily. The most recent call was less than 24 hours before the shootings.
The names of the deceased have not yet been released pending notification of family members, but Lohrke said the alleged suspect is a 49-year-old female, and the victim is a 47-year-old female. He said one or both women live at the address police were called to.
Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information becomes available.