UPDATE: Police have identified the victims in the homicide as Tony and Katherine Butterfield, ages 31 and 30.
WEST JORDAN (ABC4 News) – Police are looking for the suspect in the shooting deaths of a husband and wife on Saturday.
Police are investigating the possible double homicide at a home near 3200 west 6920 South.
Sgt. JC Holt with the West Jordan Police Department said they received a call at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday about the sound of gunshots.
When police arrived at the home, no one answered the door.
Officer went behind the house, where they report finding a man dead in the backyard.
Sgt. Holt said police heard movement inside the house. They went inside to investigate and found a woman dead in the home.
Both victims had gunshot wounds.
Three children were in the home at the time of the shooting, but their lives were spared, according to Sgt. Holt. The children are 4-years-old and younger. They are safe and in the care of relatives.
Officers discovered evidence of forced entry and an altercation between the possible intruder and the victims, according to Sgt. Holt.
The suspect is still at large, and police believe the suspect may have been injured with a knife.
Sgt. Holt added that the home had no history of criminal activity.
Investigators closed the road to the public as they were still on scene gathering evidence hours after the initial call went out.
The victims were later identified the couple as Tony and Katherine Butterfield, ages 31 and 30.
The victim’s family is asking for privacy and may provide a statement for the media later, according to police.
In a statement released by the family of the victims they said:
The families of Tony and Katherine C. Butterfield are devastated by the sudden passing of their loved ones. Tony and Katherine were incredible Christ-like, kind, happy, and loving parents, children, siblings, and friends. We mourn their loss but are grateful for the sure knowledge we have that we will be with them again.
We hold no ill-will towards the perpetrator(s) and pray for them and their families. We are grateful for the immediate and professional work of the West Jordan Police and other investigators and are confident in their abilities to bring this case to resolution.
We ask for prayers for Tony and Katherine’s three sweet children, as well as for the many, many people who love Tony and Katherine. We are appreciative and overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support we have received. Thank you.
This is a developing story. Watch for more information.
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