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West Jordan woman shot to death at intersection; gunman later found dead

(Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)



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WEST JORDAN — A West Jordan woman was killed Wednesday when a witness said a man walked up to her vehicle while she was stopped at an intersection and shot her through the window.

Police say the man had once dated the woman. He was later found dead and police believe he killed himself.

The incident marks the fourth domestic murder-suicide in Utah just this month, with three of the episodes carried out in a public area in an extremely violent manner.

Investigators say Jill Lloyd, 36, was shot and killed by Andrew Jed Larsen, 33, also of West Jordan. The two had had a relationship in the past, West Jordan Police Sgt. Joe Monson said. It was not immediately known to what extent the two had dated or if they were still seeing each other as of Wednesday.

But Lloyd and Larsen had been embroiled in a paternity case dating back over a decade, according to state court records. Larsen filed a paternity petition in 3rd District Court in 2006, with Lloyd being the respondent in that case.

The case was still active, but a judge ordered all documents in that case sealed on Wednesday.

In August of 2008, the case resulted in mutual restraining orders being issued, according to court records. In 2009, the court noted that "given the long history of this case … these parties are unable to resolve any issue without the assistance of the court."

Attorney Gayanne Schmid represented Larsen. A receptionist at her office on Wednesday said Schimd had no comment.

Just before 9 a.m. Wednesday, Lloyd was in her car stopped at the intersection of 7800 South and 2700 West when Larsen got out of his truck, walked over to her and fired "at least one round, if not more," Monson said.

Lloyd's car then rolled to about 7750 South, where her vehicle crashed into a tree and a wall. She was found dead inside her vehicle.

The gunman drove off after the incident. He was later found in Tooele County outside of his vehicle dead, according to Monson."

There were several witnesses to the shooting, including Russ Wall, a former Taylorsville mayor and former Salt Lake County public works director.

"Just witnessed a man shoot a woman with a shotgun at the intersection of 7800 S. 2700 W. Can't believe it," he posted on his Facebook page. Wall later posted that he had given a statement to police and provided them with dashcam video from his vehicle.

A man got out of his truck, walked to the vehicle behind him while it was stopped, and shot the woman through the window, Wall later told KSL.

"It was something that I probably won't forget anytime soon," he said of the shocking event.

Wall said he's pleased he was able to help police, but "I would have much preferred not to have been there."

Wednesday's shootings mark the fourth domestic murder-suicide episode in Utah during the month of June.

• On June 22, Fransiska Dastrup, 49, rammed her car into 47-year-old Richelle Horsley's vehicle, got out and shot her multiple times before running off and fatally shooting herself.

At the time, Horsley had filed protective orders against Dastrup, according to investigators. The couple had recently broken up, and Dastrup was in the process of moving out.

• On June 6, Memorez Rackley, 39, and her son, Jase, 6, were shot and killed in their Sandy neighborhood by Jeremy Patterson, 32. The two had recently ended a relationship and he had been harassing and sending threatening messages to Rackley.

Patterson used his vehicle to ram the vehicle Rackley and others were in, then got out and shot four people, killing two of them, before shooting and killing himself. Another of Rackley's sons and an 8-year-old girl were the other two who were shot.

• On June 17, a retired couple in Beaver County was found dead after the husband called police to say he had killed his wife and would be dead himself by the time deputies arrived. Sandra Nickells, 73, was found dead inside the Adamsville house. Police say she was bedridden and suffered from dementia. Tom Nickells, 76, was found dead under a tree outside.

In all of 2016, just six homicide cases in Utah were part of murder-suicides or attempted murder-suicides, according to statistics compiled by the Deseret News. More than a quarter of last year's approximately 90 homicides were tied to some kind of domestic violence.

"A recent study by the Utah Department of Health found that approximately 32 percent of all homicides in the state were domestic violence-related," according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. "On average, there is a domestic violence-related murder every 33 days."

Help for people in abusive relationships can be found by contacting the YWCA's Women in Jeopardy program at 801-537-8600, or the confidential statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-897-LINK (5465). Resources are also available online at udvc.org.

Domestic Abuse Hotlines
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
Those at the hotline can help victims find a shelter, transitional housing, crisis counseling, child care, services to rebuild credit, and groups provide group and individual therapy. They also can connect victims with legal advice on how to obtain protective orders and stalking injunctions. The council has 17 programs located throughout the state. Services are available for all genders.
Suicide Prevention Resources
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, KSL encourages you to call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

Crisis Hotlines

  • Utah County Crisis Line: 801-226-4433
  • Salt Lake County/UNI Crisis Line: 801-587-3000
  • Wasatch Mental Health Crisis Line: 801-373-7393
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
  • Trevor Project Hotline for LGBTQ teens: 1-866-488-7386

Online resources

Suicide Prevention Resources

Warning signs of suicide

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide. Information from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Suicide Prevention Resources

What to do if you see warning signs of suicide

  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
  • Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
Information from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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