U of U shooting suspect fired at female witness with 'intent to kill her'

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- Charging documents for the man accused of shooting and killing an international student at the University of Utah say the suspect also shot at a female witness.

Tuesday afternoon 24-year-old Austin Boutain was arrested at the Salt Lake City library after a 16 hour manhunt.

Documents say Boutain admitted that he shot and killed 23-year-old ChenWei Guo "with the intention of taking his vehicle" Monday night near Red Butte Canyon Road.

According to the police report, Boutain told police he then "fired two more rounds at [a female], as she ran away with intent to kill her, so there were no witnesses."

He also admitted to stealing three firearms from a "residence in Colorado". Police recovered one of the weapons. Documents say Boutain admitted, post Miranda, that he had traded one of the guns for an ounce of marijuana. He said, the third weapon, which was used to shoot Guo, was hidden in a brick wall near the homeless shelter. Boutain said when he went back to get the weapon it was gone.

Investigators were able to tour the makeshift campsite Austin and his wife had been staying at in Red Butte Canyon. There they say they located the gun used in the homicide. 

Both Boutain and his wife are in Salt Lake County Jail. Austin is facing several charges including aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, criminal homicide, felony discharge of a weapon, and aggravated assault. Kathleen is booked on theft and drug charges.

Police in Golden, Colorado say they are both persons of interest in a "suspicious death case".

This is a developing story. Updates will be posted as they become available.


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