Shooting at University of Utah Prompts Manhunt for Suspect, Has Criminal History in Alabama

Austin Boutain Photo: Salt Lake City Police Department

UPDATE 12:08 p.m. (WKRG) — The man suspected in the University of Utah fatal carjacking has a criminal history in Alabama.

24-year-old Austin Boutain has been charged eight times out of Marion County.

According to court records, his charges consist of unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, theft, attempting to elude, and failing to register as a sex offender.

Boutain plead guilty to the theft charges and failing to register as a sex offender, according to court records.


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Hundreds of law enforcement officers from multiple agencies converged onto the University of Utah campus after a student was shot and killed Monday night.

Early Tuesday morning officials identified the victim as ChenWei Guo. Guo was an international student at the university.

Letter from U of U President David W. Pershing

Suspect wanted for murder in Colorado

Around 9 p.m. Monday, the university community was immediately instructed to shelter in place.

A Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter launched to help university police search for the suspect identified as Austin Boutain, 24. They say he should be considered “armed and dangerous.”

Boutain was described as wearing black clothing, a beanie with a cross and has a tear-drop tattoo on his face. He is possibly driving a forest green pick-up truck with a Colorado license plate. (Note: The suspect was not seen driving this vehicle Monday night, but police say it is a vehicle the suspect had access to days before the shooting).

During a press conference Tuesday morning police said Boutain is wanted in Golden Colorado for murder. They say it is believed the forest green pick-up he was seen driving was stolen in Colorado.

Police say Boutain’s wife has been taken into custody at the Salt Lake City County Jail on unrelated charges until authorities from Golden, Colorado can get to Utah. They identified her as Kathleen Boutain. ABC4 is working to collect details on the Colorado murder.

Tuesday morning update from officials

Here’s a rough timeline of events Monday night, according to police:

  • 8:15 p.m. University of Utah police responded to a call of a domestic violence assault. A woman showed up on the U campus and said she had been assaulted by her husband while they were camping up Red Butte Canyon.
  • Woman tells police her husband was up the canyon and possibly armed
  • Shortly after, police receive multiple reports of shots fired
  • Police say woman’s husband identified as Austin Boutain, 24, attempted to carjack an individual and shot and killed that person. The victim had no relation to the couple.
  • Police say Boutain fled the scene
  • Officers launched an extensive search of upper campus and the hills above Red Butte Canyon

The Shelter-in-place order was lifted for the entire campus just before 3 a.m. Classes are canceled for Tuesday, October 31, but facilities and services will remain open.

Police say Monday night’s shooting started as a domestic violence call.

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: 1-800-897-LINK (5465) or at
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately

Live video from the scene shows initial heavy police response

Official updates from University of Utah campus officials can be found here:

This is a developing story. Updates will be posted as they become available. 

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