PROVIDENCE, Utah (ABC4 News)- A tragic start to the weekend in Cache County where investigators are piecing together what lead to a late night murder-suicide.
UPDATE Sunday 07-26 5:30 pm: The Cache County Sheriff’s investigators are still actively working this case. A motive has yet to be determined.
The victim in the case is 38-year old Heidi Bentley from Providence, Utah
The suspect in the case is 38-year old Matthew Bentley from Providence, Utah.
Heidi’s family asked the following statement be included as part of this press release: “At this time, we would like to express our deep gratitude to the Cache County Sheriff’s Office, Cache County Attorney Victim Services along with all the other agencies that have worked on this tragic event as it unfolded. We are also grateful to the community who mourn with us during this difficult time. Our hearts are broken, and at this time, we ask to please respect our privacy as we grieve.”
Both families have asked to respect their privacy during this difficult time.
According to Cache County Sheriff’s department, deputies were called to a domestic violence incident in Providence. The caller who alerted police stated, “he was on the phone with the victim, heard her scream ‘NO’ and then possible gunshots.”
Deputies arrived at an apartment complex at 358 North Gateway Drive around 11:45pm and found a 38-year-old woman who had apparently been shot and killed. Witnesses at the complex told deputies they heard gun fire and saw a vehicle flee the area.
Law enforcement officers from different agencies eventually tracked the suspect to a nearby home. Officers surrounded the home and called in a SWAT tactical team and crisis negotiators. SWAT team members with the use of a robot discovered the suspect had taken his own life.
Investigators say the the suspect was the victim’s ex-husband.
The investigation is ongoing and the names of the victim and suspect will not be released until the families have been notified.
ABC4 News will keep this story updated and will have the latest on the ABC4 weekend news at 5pm.
Support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence is available 24/7: 1-800-897-LINK (5465). If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately
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