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Salem man admitted to 911 dispatcher that he shot and killed his wife

Published March 25, 2013 4:13 pm

Crime • Criminal charges have not yet been filed against Tracy Scott, accused of fatally shooting Teresa Scott.
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Tracy Scott remained at the Utah County Jail on Monday on suspicion of killing his wife, but formal charges have not been filed against the 47-year-old Salem man.

According to a jail probable cause statement filed in 4th District Court, Scott called 911 on Saturday and told dispatchers that he shot his wife and she was dead. Scott identified himself to the dispatcher, and said he was not putting his gun down, according to the court record.

Salem Police Chief Brad James said police responded to the couple's home in the area of 400 East and 300 South around 7 p.m. Saturday and found Teresa Scott, 47, dead of an apparent gunshot wound.

When officers arrived, Scott told them, "I just shot her and I had a gun," before going back inside the house despite officer's demands to stay outside, according to the probable cause statement.

Scott eventually came out of the home and was arrested.

After talking with family members, police believe the couple had been involved in an "ongoing dispute" over the past several weeks, according to the probable cause statement.

James said the Scotts had a history of domestic violence dating back a number of years, but police hadn't been called there in the last few years.

According to Utah court records, Tracy Scott was charged with simple assault and child abuse/neglect in 2006. Those charges have since been dismissed as part of a plea in abeyance.

Scott is being held at the Utah County jail on $500,000 cash-only bail.

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