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Magna man killed at his martial arts studio, wife arrested

A Magna man was shot and killed early Tuesday in a domestic-violence incident at the House of Goju martial arts studio where he lived and worked, according to police. His wife was arrested for investigation of murder.

A Magna man was shot and killed early Tuesday in a domestic-violence incident at the House of Goju martial arts studio where he lived and worked, according to police. His wife was arrested for investigation of murder. (Google Maps)



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MAGNA — A Magna woman was arrested early Tuesday after allegedly shooting and killing her husband at the martial arts studio where the couple lived and worked, according to police.

Cynthia Vincent, 41, claimed she was acting in self-defense, according to Unified police. But she was arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of murder for the death of 57-year-old Michael Vincent.

Unified police were called to Vincent's House of Goju, 9145 W. Main Street in Magna, about 12:30 a.m. Cynthia Vincent called 911 to report she had shot her husband, said Unified Police Sgt. Melody Cutler. Emergency responders found Michael Vincent lying just inside the entrance of the business and gave him immediate medical attention, but he died from his injuries, Cutler said. A gun was found on the ground next to him.

Cynthia Vincent claimed she was being assaulted by her husband and that he strangled her, according to police. She told detectives that she pointed the gun at him and told him to leave, and then shot her husband once when he lunged at her, according to Cutler.

Officers noted a large scratch under Cynthia Vincent's chin, according to Cutler, but no other injuries. Unified police determined the shooting did not meet the elements of self-defense and arrested her.

Cutler said police were called twice in 2020 to the Vincent residence on reports of a domestic dispute. In those cases, there was yelling, but no physical contact and no one was arrested, she said.

A post on the Vincent's House of Goju Facebook page on Tuesday stated, "Due to some unexpected circumstances, the dojo will be closed."

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021 after many years of reporting for the Deseret News

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