An elderly man is dead and a woman is in jail after a shooting in Springville on Wednesday.
According to a probable cause statement, a 33-year-old woman who lives near 400 North and 100 East ran to a nearby home and told a neighbor she needed medical help with an elderly man’s feeding tube. When medical personnel arrived, they immediately called police.
Officers arrived at the home at about 10:48 a.m., according to police. They “observed that the victim had sustained a gunshot wound to the head,” and that there was a gun near his feet. Police identified him as Michael Huff, 75.
Police said the 33-year-old woman locked herself in an upstairs bedroom and refused to come out. Officers unlocked the door and found her “laying in the fetal position on a bed” with “blood on her hands, arms and clothing,” according to the probable cause statement. After initially refusing to say anything about the killing and asking for a lawyer, the suspect then “made multiple spontaneous statements about the killing.”
The suspect was booked into the Utah County jail for investigation of murder, obstruction of justice and possession of a firearm by a restricted person. She is being held without bail. The Salt Lake Tribune generally does not name suspects until they have been charged with a crime.
This is the third alleged homicide in Springville in eight days. On May 18, 17-year-old Lily Conroy was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend, Masao Kaanga, 19, according to police, who said Kaanga then shot and killed himself. On Saturday, Gregory Shaffer, 42, was shot and killed on the front porch of his home. A former neighbor, Hunter Ryan Lamoreaux, 25, has been charged with murder.