SPRINGVILLE, Utah, May 18, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — A 20-year-old man is dead and his former girlfriend, a 17-year-old girl, is clinging to life Wednesday night after an attempted murder-suicide at Springville’s Hobble Creek Park.
Lt. Warren Foster, Springville Police Department, told Gephardt Daily there was no immediate update on the condition of the critically injured girl, a student at Springville High School.
The incident began Wednesday afternoon with a request for a welfare check.
“There was some conversation between the two of them, and some worry that he was going to do something,” Foster said. “She ended up getting in the same vehicle with him, and we got word they were mobile.”
At about 3:19 p.m., officers headed for Springville High School, but did not find anyone there. Soon after, the girl’s phone ping placed her at a Springville convenience store.
“We had all available officers in the city out, and when they got to the store, they weren’t there,” Foster said. “We fanned out in a four to six block radius, then we got a call from the mother of the man, saying they were headed for Hobble Creek Park at about 3:43 p.m.
“When we got there, we found them both in the vehicle with gunshot wounds,” Foster said. “He was deceased at the scene, and she was LifeFlighted to Utah Valley Hospital.”
Foster thanked all who responded to the emergency call, including Mapleton police, and medical personnel from both cities, along with Utah County Sheriff officials. There is no threat to the community, he added.
“Our hearts go out in the police department to all the family involved, and the students and friends dealing with this situation.”