Recently divorced couple die in murder-suicide

Aunt said couple lost home in massive Tooele fire

WEST VALLEY CITY Utah (ABC4 Utah) -  Monday, Louann and Nolan Anderton settled their divorce.  
Friday, both were dead.

West Valley City police said Nolan shot Louann several times and then turned the gun on himself.

"I am shocked," said Nolan's attorney Emy Cordano. "Everything was settled. Just devastating."

The shooting took place outside a West Valley business near 4900 West and 2100 South.  Police said some employees of the business witnessed events unfold.

"Our witnesses saw them pull in, or at least driving west bound in the parking lot, at a high rate of speed (and) stopped," said Lt. Jeff Conger. "They both got out of the vehicle."

Witnesses told police the couple argued outside of the vehicle and then there was gunfire.

"The male shot at the female, hit her and then pointed the gun at himself and shot himself in the head," said Lt. Conger.

Both were rushed to the hospital where they later died.  48-year old Louann Anderton is from Tooele, according to police.  Her ex-husband 47-year old Nolan Anderton is from Kamas, according his attorney.

"They were the sweetest people you'd ever met and they've had a lot of problems," said Nolan's aunt, Diana Anderton.

She said the couple were going through financial and emotional difficulties after a fire destroyed their home.  The aunt said the couple's home was one of many destroyed during a massive fire last July.  Police suspected arson.

"They'd been trying to patch things up and he just kind of lost it," said Anderton. "He did what he did today, nobody knows really why.

But she said she will remember them for the good memories of their past, not what happened Friday.
"He really is the sweetest guy I ever met and his wife oh I loved her dearly and I'm going to miss them both very much."

Meanwhile, Nolan's attorney said she's dealt with many divorce cases as part of her profession.

"I deal w many horrible cases," said Cordano. "This was not one of those. This is what makes divorce so scary. It's a silent killer."


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