U of U shooting incident started with a domestic violence report

Before the shooting was reported at the University of Utah Monday night police were responding to call of a domestic assault. They say Kathleen Boutain showed up on the U campus claiming she had been assaulted by her husband, Austin Boutain, while they were camping up Red Butte Canyon.

Shortly after police received the report the ChenWei Guo had been shot during an attempted carjacking.

Executive Director for the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, Jenn Oxborrow, joined ABC4 in studio to talk about resources available to victims of domestic violence.

Oxborrow said it is not that uncommon for an act of domestic violence to proceed another act of violence. “We weren't’t at all surprised…we really want people to know that no matter what your situation is you can reach out to us for help with resources 24/7.”

Call 1-800-897-LINK (5465)

She says the line is free and confidential. “It doesn't’t matter if you’re a victim or perpetrator."

Oxborrow says always contact the police if it’s a matter of immediate safety.

She says reaching out to trained advocate can improve your safety and the safety of the community.

Visit udvc.org for more information and to see resources available.


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