Over 30,000 people were tuned into the Salt Lake City Police Department scanners on the night of October 30th as word came from the University of Utah campus that there was an active shooter present. 1 day later, the facts are becoming more clear and the suspect remains on the loose.
The University of Utah’s campus alert system released a campus-wide warning regarding shots being fired a little after 9:00 PM on Monday night after Utah international student Chen Wei Guo was shot by his car in an apparent carjacking turned ultra-violent.
Police announced that Wei Guo, the interpreter and information technology support worker had been killed in the attack and that the police were on the search for 24-year-old Austin Boutain from Colorado.
Boutain is also wanted in connection with a recent homicide in Golden, Colorado. Police believed that Boutain made a run into the mountains to escape justice from his Golden crime but apparently came to Salt Lake City in order to get another vehicle when the murder of Chen Wei Guo took place. According to police, Boutain once again made an escape into the mountains following his cold-blooded murder.
However, this time police are saying they believe they have Boutain cornered in the mountains. Police Chief Dale Brophy said of the hunt…
“We believe he went back east, we believe we have him in the mountains. The mountains are very expansive, as you know, and it’s been several hours, so going either direction, north or south, we still believe he is in the mountains,”
But at the time of this article’s writing Boutain is still on the run and considered armed and dangerous. The University of Utah canceled classes on Tuesday in the wake of the shooting and manhunt.
Austin Boutain is described as a white man, with black clothing, a beanie with a cross and a teardrop tattoo on his face. Anyone with any information on Boutain is encouraged to call 801-799-3000. Here’s hoping this madman is caught very soon and brought to justice.
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