PRICE Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Authorities said a mother and her son were killed late Wednesday.
And her other son is now in custody.
The Carbon County Sheriff said Susan Peterson and her 23 year old son James were killed. In custody is her other son 25-year old Seth Gordon Peterson.
“He (Seth) was booked into jail on two counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder , theft of a motor vehicle,” said Sheriff Jeff Wood.
The shooting happened in a remote area near Hiawatha which is about 12 miles southwest of Price.
He said after the shots were fired Peterson fled but was arrested after a short pursuit. The sheriff said Peterson will also be facing a charge for fleeing.
As to a motive the sheriff said detectives are still trying to get to the bottom of it.
“We don’t really have a lot of details about that that we can share right now,” Wood said.
He did say Susan Peterson did go to the area to find her son Seth. The sheriff said it’s unclear why the suspect was in the area.
Seth Peterson remain in jail and the sheriff said they will be screening charges for aggravated murder.
The Peterson family issued this statement about their tragedy:
“On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, Susan Peterson and her 23-year-old son James were shot and killed near Hiawatha, Utah. At the request of Susan’s husband, Shane Peterson, their LDS Bishop offers the following statement from the family:
Susan was a loving mother of 15 children, ages 28 to 3. She was very active in the community and in her church. Susan was very service oriented and was always taking care of other people. She was a very intelligent person, always thirsting for knowledge in bettering herself and her family. Her family was her whole life and she supported them in all they did. Susan always thought of others before herself. Her husband states that she would often go without new clothing and other necessities in order to make sure her children had what they needed. She never wanted for herself. James was kind-hearted and would give you the shirt off his back. He was very personable, kind, respectful and thoughtful of others.
A GoFundMe account has been set up in the name of Susan and James Peterson.
The family requests privacy at this time as they deal with their loss.”