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Man booked for murder after woman shot, killed in Provo

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PROVO, Utah (ABC4 News) – Provo police arrested Michael Robinson after they say a woman was shot in the head and died at an area hospital, Tuesday afternoon. 

Investigators say 27-year-olds Freya Larsen and Michael Robinson were the only two people a home near 300 East Center Street when Larsen was shot. 

According to arresting documents the two had been in an altercation and were in the living room when Robinson pulled out a gun that he owned, pointed it at the woman’s head and pulled the trigger, hitting her once on the right side of her head. 

After shooting the victim, Robinson called 911 for assistance and during the call made the statement that she scared him, and he shot her. He also stated they were fighting, and she told him she was going to kill him, and she was mad at him, documents stated.

According to documents, police said he also made the statement he had shot her, but it was an accident.

The victim was transported to the hospital where she died.

During a search of the home, police found the weapon used in the shooting, documents state.

Arresting documents further noted two other handguns were located, but they were both packed away in a moving box, one was in a gun case and the other unloaded in a holster at the bottom of the moving box.

The gun that was used was loaded and police said Robinson also had two additional loaded magazines including an extended magazine that holds several additional bullets, document state.

Documents revealed Larsen’s family had reported that on April 21, she had been in a fight with Robinson and he pulled the same gun out and held it to her head. Larsen did not make a report at that time but had planned on making the report after she had safely moved to Chicago.

A relative of Larsen’s said she reported this incident to police but did not provide Larsen or Robinsons name for follow up, documents state.

Also, documents stated the family told them three days ago, Larsen and Robinson had been in another fight where he had pushed her out of a vehicle. Police found several large bruises on Larsen, including one that went across the back of her calf.

Robinson was brought in for questioning, but he invoked his right to an attorney and would not answer any questions, documents state. 

Robinson was arrested for murder and booked into the Utah County Jail. 

“Domestic Violence is very serious. We understand it is difficult to reach out, but please, I would implore anyone involved in a domestic violence situation, reach out to someone that you trust,” said Sgt. Nisha King, Provo Police Department.

Now Larsen’s family, along with a community is mourning. 

“Her family I’m sure is absolutely is devastated, I don’t know who wouldn’t be. This is so awful, but also to our community, Freya was involved with numerous individuals in our community as well. I think it impacts everyone,” Sgt. King added. 

If you or someone you know is in a dangerous, domestic situation there is free and confidential help. Support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence is available 24/7 at 1-800-897-LINK (5465) or at udvc.org or SVSUtah.org. If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

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