TOOELE, Utah (ABC4) – A man has been arrested after a woman was found shot to death in Tooele on Thursday night.
The Tooele City Police Department says the 35-year-old woman’s body was found inside her home. The woman’s husband was arrested in connection to the homicide.
Officers first responded to a residence near the area of 870 S 1050 West around 6:45 p.m.
When authorities arrived, they found the woman inside the bathroom with a single gunshot wound to her head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the woman’s three young children — a 10-year-old female, a 9-year-old boy and a 2-year-old boy were either present when their mother was killed or witnessed her body afterward.
The 10-year-old girl told police the couple had been arguing during a car ride earlier in the day. When they arrived home, the couple went upstairs and “locked themselves in their bedroom,” which the child says is common behavior when they argue.
According to police documents, the girl was watching TV while her 2-year-old brother slept on the couch when she heard a “boom sound coming from her mom’s bedroom.”
She told police after the “boom,” she saw her the suspect exit the bedroom with an “angry face” as he grabbed the car keys and left the house.
The 9-year-old boy had been at a friend’s house and returned home at that time, looking for his mother. When he found his mother’s body in the bathroom, the girl said “he came out running and crying, telling her that their mom was lying in the bathroom with blood.”
Both children ran outside and knocked on neighbors’ doors for help, according to police statements. The neighbors entered the home and found the woman’s body before calling 911.
Officers identified the victim’s husband as the suspect and arrested him. During police interviews, the man told police he and his wife had “been using methamphetamine the past several days and arguing about accusations of infidelity.”
The suspect told police his wife had been “packing clothes to leave” when he “took a Glock handgun from his holster and entered the bathroom, which startled the victim.”
While investigating the scene, police “noted that the firearm, magazine, shell casing, and broken cell phone were discarded in a way that seemed the man was concealing them.”
The suspect was arrested and booked into the Tooele County Detention Center on homicide charges.
“At this time we are not releasing the victim’s information, to provide the family time to make notifications,” says Tooele Police.