Lindon police officer shoots and kills his family in Spanish Fork

Published 01/17 2014 01:29PM

Updated 01/17 2014 04:26PM


SPANISH FORK, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A Lindon Police Officer shoots and kills his family in their Spanish Fork home before turning the gun on himself. Five people are dead, including two kids just 5 and 7 years old. This comes just two days after another murder suicide involving two children in Syracuse.

Spanish Fork Police say Joshua Boren, 34, shot his family Thursdsay night.  They say Boren was a police officer with the Lindon Police Department since October 2013. Prior to that job, he was a deputy with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. Police say Joshua and his wife Kelly were having marital problems, but for those who knew them they say they never saw this coming.

"I feel just extreme sadness for the tragedy of the whole thing it just breaks your heart, they were a great family,” said Melin Fisk a nearby neighbor who learned of the deaths Friday morning.

Fisk tells ABC 4 Utah she played volleyball with 32-year-old Kelly Boren. Kelly was a mother to 7-year-old Joshua "Jaden" Boren and 5-year-old Haley Boren. She was also the daughter of 55-year-old Marie King. All 4 family members were shot dead inside their home at 37 North 630 West. Spanish Fork police say they initially went to the home for a welfare check after the Lindon police called them and reported Joshua had not shown up for his 10 p.m. shift.

“If an officer doesn't arrive on duty at the time he's assigned then there’s something amiss,” said chief Steve Adams with the Spanish Fork Police Department. It was at that point Spanish Fork police discovered through the windows blood on the carpet and empty shell casings. Upon entering, they found blood on the stairs leading up to a second floor bedroom where they found the body of Marie King. Adjacent to that room the bodies of Kelly, her two small children and Joshua.

"This is a tragedy in any body's life whether you're in law enforcement as Joshua is or not. Many of my officers that went on scene are having a hard time with it,” said Chief Adams.

The difficulty and the question of why also remains for family, friends, an neighbors like Fisk. "It makes you think about your own mortality and your own life and just what a sad sad thing that this is for all of the family and I'm praying for them all,” said Fisk.

Police say they found no suicide note inside the home. They also say the bodies have been taken to the medical examiners office for an autopsy.


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